Queanbeyan rates up 2.7%, $140m capital works program adopted

Ian Bushnell 28 June 2019 15

Rates, fees and charges will generally increase by 2.7 per cent.

Queanbeyan region residents will have to fork out about $100 a year more to meet their rates bill after the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council adopted its Operational Plan, Fees and Charges, and Revenue Policy for 2019-20.

Rates, fees and charges will generally increase by 2.7 per cent, which is in line with the rate peg limit set by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Mayor Tim Overall said the highlight of the Operational Plan 2019-20 was $140 million of capital works across the local government area, including the Regional Sports Complex, the Bungendore Sports Hub, development of an off-street car park in Bungendore, intersection improvements on Uriarra Road in Queanbeyan as well as continuing the major road projects already under way such as the sealing of Nerriga Road, the Ellerton Drive extension and Stage 2 of the Old Cooma Road upgrade.

“During the public exhibition of the Operational Plan 2019-20, we received 34 submissions. As a result of the submissions a number of projects were added, including vegetation management on Araluen Mountain Road, a public toilet facility in Nerriga, a water tap at the High Street off-lead dog park and a facility assessment of all of our pools to provide us with a clear understanding of what improvements are required,” he said.

Council was also successful in gaining funding from the Australian Government and NSW Government for a number of programs to tackle weeds in the region, with four projects added to the Operational Plan 2019-20.

These include a $500,000 grant to target weeds on prime agricultural land around Braidwood, funded by the Australian Government’s Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program.

The other programs fall under the NSW Government’s South East Weeds Action Program and include a project to broadly map priority agricultural land across south-east NSW to assist in meeting the duties under the Biosecurity Act, an online tool for landholders to provide weed management information for their property, along with projects to tackle fireweed in Googong and gorse in the upper Shoalhaven catchment.

Original Article published by Ian Bushnell on About Regional.

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15 Responses to Queanbeyan rates up 2.7%, $140m capital works program adopted
Manny Cachia Manny Cachia 1:25 am 04 Jul 19

Maybe they might be like the banks and not pass on the full rate? 😂😂

Louise Brown Louise Brown 11:08 am 01 Jul 19

I'm happy to pay an extra $100 a year. I see QPRC workers out and about continuously doing work. Your pressed to see any ACT workers at all. Why would you live anywhere else. Great job QPRC

David Brown David Brown 1:38 am 01 Jul 19

Max It could be much worse. Imagine if Barr was setting them?

Timothy Ingold Timothy Ingold 10:56 pm 30 Jun 19

Tom Henry highway robbery

Julia Ross Julia Ross 12:07 pm 30 Jun 19

Oh Boo Hoo, our rates in Canberra increase by at least 7% a year.

Craig Elliott Craig Elliott 11:58 am 30 Jun 19

That's acceptable and half the rates ACT residents pay.....my rates $4000 a year Queanbeyan more like $2000....

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 12:01 pm 30 Jun 19

    Craig Elliott depends where in Canberra you live. Mine are just over $2000

    Justin Watson Justin Watson 2:44 pm 01 Jul 19

    Mine are $1600 a year in Canberra.

    Lisa Mahon Lisa Mahon 4:08 pm 01 Jul 19

    My rates in Queanbeyan are much higher than yours Craig Elliot so not sure how you get $2k 😂

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 8:12 pm 01 Jul 19

    Lisa Mahon rates vary with land value. Same as ACT. Hence why there are variations in what people pay and why often rates change by more than the base increase.

Shiva Sapkota Shiva Sapkota 11:19 am 30 Jun 19

Knowing the sewage fee is part of QPRC rate and the service they provide, I wouldn’t complain about it. Tim and his team are doing great to improve QBN region.

Jason Preston Jason Preston 11:19 am 30 Jun 19

2.7% is still much better than what it’s going up in Canberra hey

rationalobserver rationalobserver 10:52 am 30 Jun 19

All very grand, but the reality is that there are scores of ratepayers who contribute to the prize pool year after year after year without enjoying the basics such as town water, sewerage, roadside garbage collection, mail delivered to the gate or sealed roads.
On the macro scale, Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong attract the majority of NSW taxpayer investments. On the micro scale, the town centres of the shire attract the majority of taxpayer investments.

Kimberley Lloyd Kimberley Lloyd 10:19 am 30 Jun 19

to spend your working life paying off your home how do you know if the pension is actually going to cover paying your rates till you die if they continuously go up

    June Nassar Kirk June Nassar Kirk 8:42 pm 30 Jun 19

    Kimberley Lloyd Andrew Barr has got that scenario covered, defer your rates until you die or sell, with interest of course 😡

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