Stephen and Pamela Green are disappointed with another rates increase Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Stephen and Pamela Green are disappointed with another rates increase Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

Rate increase pushes ratepayers into more debt - couple

SEMI-RETIRED teachers Pamela and Stephen Green have a royal secret.

They own a small but heavy bronze statue of a Ewe and sheep dog, and they say it has two siblings.

One they say is at Longreach and one lives at the principal workplace of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

When The Morning Bulletin visited their antique-styled abode, for their reaction to the Rockhampton Regional Council's draft budget rate hike proposal of 3.6%, the lowest rate increase since de-amalgamation, they couldn't help but show and tell their royal connection.

A 3.6% increase they said would hit them hard, especially with other increasing costs.

"Any rate increase is not a good one because we, as ratepayers, are pushed more into debt... it reaches a point where some families and homeowners cannot afford necessities like food," Stephen said.

Pamela, a former North Rockhampton High School teacher, said Sir James Walker - a pioneer who helped build Longreach's Stockman Hall of Fame - gifted the bronze Ewe statue as a token of his gratitude for helping co-write his biography. He gifted the third statue to Queen Elizabeth when she opened the Stockman Hall of Fame in 1988.



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