Second lifers’ ABC a running a story about the Legislative Assembly debating a ‘City Heart’ Levy sometime this week. The funds will be used ‘to lift the ammenity of the Civic’.
Fundamentally a great idea, but with the plague of problems (car spaces, floods, leaky cinemas and over-exited stabby young folks) I am yet to be convinced that slapping another couple of bucks onto public services available in the Civic area (granted at least 300,000 Canberrans must be there at least once a week) is a good idea. If anything, it will add to the ongoing ire and angst that seems to be seeping into Canberras public conscience over the issues in this area of Canberra.
The City traders are on board, but will the citizenry follow? What does this do to individuals who live in the heart of Canberra?
[ED – Civic? That’s the hinterland surrounding the Canberra Centre right?]
UPDATED: Simon Corbell has announced that this levy on Civic businesses is to go ahead:
Businesses in the City Centre, Turner and Braddon will pay the levy based on the rateable value of their business
Richard Mulcahy for the Liberals is not impressed and warns that this additional whack of business rates could easily thrown onto other parts of Canberra (or their Government amenity reduced until they cry out for an extra tax too) by a money-hungry Government.