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Simon caves on fireworks fees

By johnboy - 7 August 2013 2

Simon Corbell has announced he’s going to review his planned hike on fireworks permit fees:

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that the ACT Government has responded to stakeholder concerns and revised the proposed new fees for fireworks display permits.

On 6 June 2013, fireworks display permit application fees were increased for the current financial year to achieve adequate recovery of costs associated with processing and approving applications.

“After these fee increases were announced, there were some concerns in the community and industry that firework display permits would be too expensive, especially for smaller events,” Mr Corbell said.

“I have listened to those concerns and now decided to use a tier-based fee structure, rather than everyone paying the increased flat rate regardless of the size and scope of the event where the fireworks will be displayed.”

The cost of a fireworks display permit will now depend on the size of the event and whether the operator is licensed or unlicensed. The size of the event will be determined by a number of factors including the number of explosives used in the display, the size of the explosives, and the nature of the actual event itself.

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Simon caves on fireworks fees
breda 7:34 pm 07 Aug 13

I’m guessing that Simon finally got around to getting some decent legal advice about his extortionate proposal. Increasing a fee by a factor of 10 irrespective of the circumstances was going to be challenged in court, and he would have been left with egg all over his face.

The mystery is how such an absurd (and doomed) proposal ever got announced in the first place. They really are a bunch of amateurs.

bundah 6:52 pm 07 Aug 13

“I have listened to those concerns and now decided to use a tier-based fee structure, rather than everyone paying the increased flat rate regardless of the size and scope of the event where the fireworks will be displayed.”

Wow so Simon has actually listened to someone’s concerns and decided to use some common sense. Well at least someone has been able to persuade him to do the right thing for all my efforts have been in vain!

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