Rockhampton Mayor wants to see people to living in CBD

MAYOR Margaret Strelow wants to see people living in Rockhampton's CBD.

She also wants to see a change in rates that would make the proposition more attractive and affordable.

Under existing legislation, would-be residents would have to pay commercial rates.

"The Local Government Act doesn't let us charge proportionately between commercial and non-commercial rating categories," Cr Strelow said.

"Unless a property is strata titled, we have to charge commercial rates for the whole property

"That creates real problems when people want to move in and live above their businesses."

Cr Strelow is leading a charge for the legislation to be changed.

The Rockhampton Regional Council has put forward a motion for the matter to be discussed at the Local Government Association of Queensland's annual conference in October.

Cr Strelow said she had found a model in New South Wales which allowed for apportionment of rates.

"We hope to find a stop-gap solution to implement in next year's budget but it would be a stop-gap measure," she said.

"We will be asking the LGAQ to take the matter up with the State Minister to try to get those changes here."

Cr Strelow said the council wanted people living in the established buildings in the city centre.

"It's very much what we are seeing in capital cities with young people wanting to live in the city where things are happening. There are a lot of spaces here that could be used well."



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