Changes to infrastructure costs welcome
CHANGES to draconian infrastructure charges can’t come soon enough for businesses struggling to set up shop in Townsville.
As the story in Investor today shows, the state government’s infrastructure charges taskforce has released a report calling for equity, transparency, accountability, reasonableness, simplicity, consistency, efficiency and neutral impact as principles to guide reform.
Maximum charges have been recommended of between $ 20,000-$ 30,000 for residential and commercial charges r anging from $ 90-$ 140/ sqm for bulky goods and office space, and $ 125-$ 200/ sq m for retail. In the case of gymnasium operator Snap Fitness, highlighted in the Bulletin on March 5, these recommendations would place its charges between $ 34,000 and $ 76,000 – well below the council’s initial $ 240,000 estimate.
Snap Fitness is still awaiting a response from council to submissions lodged on March 8.