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A hotel for the airport

By johnboy 24 October 2013 47

The ABC has word on plans out at Snowtown for a hotel to join their legoland collection.

The Canberra Airport will build a four-star, 180-room hotel to help attract international flights to the capital.

The hotel would be built between the airport and the Brindabella Business Park, five-minutes walk from the terminal.

The airport would build and own the hotel, but hopes to attract a private operator to run it.

It would have a four to four-and-a-half star rating, and include conference, restaurant and bar facilities.

Steve Byron’s the luckiest man alive, we thought we had fun getting politicians to build their dream city with lego but out at the airport they get to do it for realsies!

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Chop71 11:48 am 30 Oct 13

Rather than joining the mob in airport bashing, I think the new airport is brilliant!!!

…. and when fully completed, if we have the opportunity for international flights we will all be better off.

IrishPete 11:42 am 30 Oct 13

breda said :

IP, there is no Federal payroll tax, and as a privately owned company operating in the ACT they pay the same Territory company taxes as everybody else. Since they are a large employer across their many ventures, I imagine it is a hefty amount, which takes some of the burden off individual ratepayers.

Public sector bodies, so beloved by many readers here as desirable employers for the Territory, are exempt.

Whydo people keep telling me what I already said? Anyway, this book (hopfeully the link works properly http://books.google.com.au/books?id=2RBv66RWYHQC&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=canberra+airport+payroll+tax&source=bl&ots=c5wtjqrUhf&sig=y5WvAPXZ8aclTLqfrPAjmDChRog&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oFRwUvoeztOQBYfdgJgG&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=canberra%20airport%20payroll%20tax&f=false ) suggests that Canberra Airport DOES pay rates.

I would have thought that a business operating on Commonwealth land would be outside the ACT’s jurisdiction for payroll tax too, but perhaps that assumption is wrong. I wonder does the ACT get the GST from transactions in the airport precinct, or does that get pocketed by the Feds?

IP

JC 11:24 am 30 Oct 13

breda said :

IP, there is no Federal payroll tax, and as a privately owned company operating in the ACT they pay the same Territory company taxes as everybody else. Since they are a large employer across their many ventures, I imagine it is a hefty amount, which takes some of the burden off individual ratepayers.

Public sector bodies, so beloved by many readers here as desirable employers for the Territory, are exempt.

But they should be in locations of the governments choosing paying rates and everything else.

Office buildings (except airport/airline related) and shopping centres (except at the terminal for the benefit of airline passengers), hardware stores, swim schools etc should not be built on airport land, just because there is a planning regulation loophole. Simple as that.

breda 10:36 am 30 Oct 13

IP, there is no Federal payroll tax, and as a privately owned company operating in the ACT they pay the same Territory company taxes as everybody else. Since they are a large employer across their many ventures, I imagine it is a hefty amount, which takes some of the burden off individual ratepayers.

Public sector bodies, so beloved by many readers here as desirable employers for the Territory, are exempt.

IrishPete 11:06 am 29 Oct 13

Mark of Sydney said :

Sorry, I don’t get it. The airport is privately owned. Only the Commonwealth is exempt from ACT government taxes. As far as I know, the other organisations at the airport, including the airport operator, pay comparable rates and taxes to the ACT Government as other building owners and employers do elsewhere in the Territory. So how is the ACT community subsidising the airport and its tenants?

Others have answered – Commonwealth land means no rates. Also, if ACT has them, no developer contributions for infrastructure. I presume both of these apply to the whole retail area and Brindabella Business Park too.

I wonder how they pay payroll tax, and to whom (ACT or Feds?).

IP

johnboy 11:03 am 29 Oct 13

Mark of Sydney said :

In any event, the whole argument about the airport precinct is now pointless. The offices and shops are not about to disappear. Let’s make the best of it rather than moan about how it should have been.

If you’ve been dragged down an alley and are being sexually assaulted are you equally as relaxed?

“Let’s just enjoy the reaming rather than moan about how we ended up here?”

JC 10:40 am 29 Oct 13

Mark of Sydney said :

Sorry, I don’t get it. The airport is privately owned. Only the Commonwealth is exempt from ACT government taxes. As far as I know, the other organisations at the airport, including the airport operator, pay comparable rates and taxes to the ACT Government as other building owners and employers do elsewhere in the Territory. So how is the ACT community subsidising the airport and its tenants?

It is commonwealth land, so no rates to the ACT. It does however pay payroll tax and does contribute to the community.

There is also the opportunity lost to the ACT government and it’s rate payers through the devaluation in commercial land elsewhere in Canberra (how many office buildings have been built in recent years?) and the lack of sales via the flooding of office space on the market by the airport simply due to a loop hole that exempts them from planning controls, a loop hole that was put in place to allow the airport to develop as an airport, not as a town centre. But guess town centres make more money than an airport.

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