Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Poor Return on 50 Years of Rates

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Poor Return on 50 Years of Rates

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MUCH has been written about council and State Government development control; blaming for delays and spiralling costs? Meanwhile we (who foot the bills) wonder and hold tight to our wallets, causing more problems for everybody.

I'm a panel-beater. I came to Nambour in January 1956 (no "town" water or sewerage); started a panel shop in Matthew Street and Hazel and I bought two side-by-side blocks in Perwillowen Road with sugar growing across the road and strawberries behind.

In 1958, "town" water came to Carter Road. In 1959 Geoff Rigby built our house, across both blocks.

In 1967-68 we bought two blocks in Price Street backing onto the rail station and I personally designed, submitted to council, received approval and personally built the industrial building that still stands there now (it hasn't fallen down yet). I don't remember council costs for either buildings, because they were very small.

In 1968 Nambour got sewerage and council mains went right through the middle of both those properties. There were no complaints from us about access on our land because like everybody, we just wanted it.

This year, I found the Perwillowen Road block was getting a bit bigger every time I mowed, so I asked a surveyor to design the two blocks into three so we could put two more houses on it and collect some rent in our senior years.

The estimated bill for putting the survey and council charges for the development application leaves little change from $30,000, most by far going to council.

Hazel and I have paid rates on our home property since May 1956; nobody's touched the sewerage line in that time; the water service has had only minor repairs to the council isolating tap and their property line.

So what do we get from council for their share of that money that we haven't already paid for? Pieces of paper; nice work if you can get it. …

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