Livingstone council to cut infrastructure charges

LIVINGSTONE Mayor Bill Ludwig channelled his inner Uncle Sam yesterday when he used the famous phrase "we want you".

It was his way of telling commercial and industrial developers around Queensland and Australia that the Capricorn Coast wanted them to take advantage of the Livingstone Shire Council's new infrastructure charges resolution.

The council adopted a resolution that would see overall infrastructure charges for most forms of commercial and industrial development cut by about 50%.

"We're ready for business," Cr Ludwig (pictured) said.

"The new infrastructure charges resolution will make Livingstone, and the Capricorn Coast, one of the most affordable destinations in the region to establish a new business or industry."

Deputy Mayor Graham Scott said in some instances that charge would be cut by up to 70%.

"Examples of the savings available, compared to the previous infrastructure charges inherited from Rockhampton Regional Council at de-amalgamation, include a massive reduction in infrastructure charges for major new commercial developments from, in some cases, $180 and $200 a square metre of new floor area, down to $70 a square metre," he said.

Cr Ludwig said the new resolution would help convince businesses already in discussions with the council, like Bunnings Warehouse, to expand in Yeppoon.

He also said the council would be seeking further commercial development from other national chain stores and businesses.

"These new charges are not a discount or a short-term incentive," he said.

"These real reductions are based on rigorous evaluation of both our present and long-term infrastructure needs and future requirements to service our shire's exceptional growth."

The new infrastructure charges resolution will come into effect on July 18, 2014.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow congratulated Livingstone Shire Council for their progress.

She said in the six months since Rockhampton Regional Council implemented its 50% discount on commercial infrastructure charges, a number of key high-rise developments have taken place in the CBD.



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