Notices rate a bigger print

PAYING your rates notice is bad enough without the added drama of not being able to read it in the first place.

Rockhampton City Council is investigating the option of making the print on rates notices bigger so it can be read better.

Councillor Rose Swadling said the council had been asked to increase the size of the writing and she was determined to make it happen.

She said it was commonsense the council would make the change to suit the city's aging population.

"Even I have trouble reading it sometimes. It's a real privacy issue too, having to ask someone else to read it,'' she said.

Cr Swadling said her only stumbling block to getting the print increased had been the council's finance department, which initially rejected the idea, claiming it would cost too much.

"It was all too hard because it was something new and it's budgeting time at the moment.

"I can't see how it would cost more. There's plenty of room on the accounts for bigger type.''

Cr Swadling has asked the finance department to prepare a costing.

"Everyone should have an equal opportunity to read their notices.

"It's fair government.



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