De­mo­li­tion could lead to rates re­lief

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

HOMES a n d b u s i n e s s e s ru­ined by Cy­clone Yasi are start­ing to be de­mol­ished in the Cas­sowary Coast re­gion.

Nine­teen peo­ple have ap­plied for per­mits to de­mol­ish houses, busi­nesses or sheds.

A Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman yes­ter­day urged peo­ple to ap­ply for the de­vel­op­ment per­mits to de­mol­ish, with the de­mo­li­tion fee waived for cy­clone-af­fected struc­tures.

De­mo­li­tion jobs are in­spected by coun­cil, trig­ger­ing changes to rates and build­ing records, which in some cases can lead to lower rates for the prop­er­ties.

A h a n d f u l o f c y c l o n e - dam­aged homes and busi­nesses have al­ready been de­mol­ished in the Cas­sowary Coast re­gion. Oth­ers are at the ap­pli­ca­tion stage.

Of the 19 ap­pli­ca­tions so far re­ceived by the Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil, 14 are for homes, three are for busi­nesses and two are for sheds.

They re­late to struc­tures in the south­ern part of the re­gion, from Silk­wood to Card­well, but most are in the Tully and Tully Heads-Hull Heads dis­tricts.

To ap­ply for a per­mit, visit w w w . c a s s o w a r y c o a s t . qld. gov. au and click on the ‘ ‘ Re­build­ing In­for­ma­tion’’ head­ing or call coun­cil’s build­ing ser­vices sec­tion on 4043 9150.

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