Paula Buckton, pictured with her grandchildren, 8-year-old Tristan, left, Brighton and Connor Slade, both 4, believes the low rate rise helps struggling families.
Paula Buckton, pictured with her grandchildren, 8-year-old Tristan, left, Brighton and Connor Slade, both 4, believes the low rate rise helps struggling families. Sharyn Oneill

Low rate rise gets thumbs up

“ABOUT time” was Rockhampton grandmother Paula Buckton’s reaction to the lowest Rockhampton Regional Council rates rise in four budgets.

The pensioner was enjoying time at Victoria Park in Rockhampton yesterday with her grandchildren.

“With the cost of everything else going up it will help struggling families,” she said of the 3.7% rates rise for half of the region’s ratepayers.

When asked whether the last three rates rises had helped to improve public services she said it was “debatable”.

But she was much more clearer on what she wanted to see come from this year’s budget.

“Street lighting is one thing that needs improvement overall.

“There’s also road maintenance but then we have had flood issues.”

Mother-of-three Kellie Arndt said the rates rise placed further pressure on working families.

“Mothers have to work longer and once again the family unit suffers.”



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