LGAQ push to de­lay waste levy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land is urg­ing the State Govern­ment de­fer the in­tro­duc­tion of its waste levy.

In a state­ment it warned that coun­cils would not be able to build or prop­erly fund the new in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to ad­min­is­ter the levy if the State Govern­ment presses on with its pro­posed levy start date of March 4, 2019.

LGAQ chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Hallam said the State Govern­ment gave no warn­ing it would in­tro­duce the levy mid fi­nan­cial year, mean­ing many coun­cils had not fac­tored its im­pact into their bud­gets.

“A lot of coun­cils will not be able to fund the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture like new weigh­bridges out of their ex­ist­ing bud­gets so it will be hard for them to meet the Pre­mier’s com­mit­ment the levy will have no fi­nan­cial im­pact on house­holds,” he said. “We urge the Govern­ment to push the levy start date to 1 July.”

Townsville City Coun­cil and other North Queens­land coun­cils have made sub­mis­sions to the State Govern­ment with con­cerns about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the levy.

Townsville coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Adele Young said res­i­dents would be hit with an an­nual rate rise of $ 15 a prop­erty un­der the pro­posal.

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