News

Infrastructure blamed for Livingstone's higher rate rise

LIVINGSTONE Mayor Bill Ludwig says his council can't promise a low rate rise like Rockhampton, but a 1% difference will pay off in the long run.

Cr Ludwig yesterday earmarked a rate rise of about 4.6%, a 1% point higher than what Rockhampton had proposed in its budget earlier this month.

Rockhampton Regional Council proposed a 3.6% rate rise in its draft budget. After "hitting the ground running" following its formation as a local government entity on January 1, the Livingstone council will look to prioritise several significant Capricorn Coast and Livingstone projects in its upcoming budget.

Among the council's priorities is the Yeppoon Main Beach water feature, which Cr Ludwig said should be completed by spring in 2015.

He also said an Emu Park sports complex, the $30million Panorama Dr project, a Barmaryee sports club, a Capricorn Coast Industry Park, a commercial precinct, and funding towards flood mitigation and repairs, would be included in next month's budget.

"Projects like the Yeppoon water feature will be designed to attract locals and visitors... this will create a strong economy for the Livingstone Shire," Cr Ludwig said.

"We will also look to include in next month's budget, funding towards a skate park at The Caves."

Cr Ludwig said the growing need for infrastructure, to attract visitors to the area, was part of the reason for the rate rise.

"The reason we have to put the rate up higher is because of the requirements we have to put into the infrastructure needed to help with economic growth in our region."

The Livingstone Shire budget will be released on July 22.

Yeppoon's Beth Clarke believed she was working "in the lowest paying job".

A rate rise of 4.6% was rubbing salt into her wounds. With her monthly $350 rate bill coming out of her account, Beth, who works in childcare in Rockhampton, said a 4.6% rate rise would hit her hard.

Topics:  bill ludwig, budget, livingstone shire council, rates




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

CQ man still missing in Nigeria after kidnapping

NIGERIA: Three Australian men are missing after a kidnapping in Nigeria on Wednesday, which is believed to have to involved this car.

Fate of three Australian men still unknown

LISTEN: Thieves stole over 300 items from CQ building sites

91 james street mt morgan

Seven people from three Mount Morgan addresses charged

Dr McPhee talks win for rural docs

HEALTHY MOVE: Dr Ewen McPhee in his new office.

Dr Ewen McPhee talks win for rural docs

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Anthony Lynham on the Mount Morgan Mine

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham talks about...

Fitroy Basin River report 2014-5

Nathan Johnston announces the 2014-15 Waterway health report card at the Fitzroy...

Yeppoon up with the state's best as house prices rebound

Agent Adam Cook (right) says coast homes are now more affordable.

Capricorn Coast homes, once out of reach, are now more affordable

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward