Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Land Rental Increase Hits Farmers' Pockets

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Land Rental Increase Hits Farmers' Pockets

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Byline: Lea Emery

FARMERS in the Bundaberg region are shaking their heads after a massive increase in lease fees for road access and reserves which cut through their properties.

A number of landowners got a nasty shock when they received their annual bill earlier this week and found the charges had gone up by more than $300.

Childers grazier Glenys van der Straat was suffering some sticker shock when she opened her mail earlier in the week.

"I can't accommodate it and it does not warrant $407 for continuity of land so the cattle can walk across it to the other part of my property," she said.

"The new price is the minimum which goes from about 50 acres and down."

The parcel of land Ms van der Straat leases from the state government is about one acre.

"If I give it up, it's just such a damn inconvenience," she said.

Further north in Bororen the new billing situation was just as bleak for grazier David Richter.

Mr Richter, who leases part of a stock route and a part of a water reserve, was disappointed. …

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