Queensland’s Landholders Angry over Rate Increase
The Queensland Government has recently announced plans to drastically increase tax rates for landholders in Queensland’s rural areas. The development is understood as having resulted from increased mining activity, which locals claim have made additional expenses, such as road maintenance, necessary.
Hundreds of the state’s producers are expressing anger towards the Isaac Regional Council chambers at Middlemount, which is north-west of Rockhampton. Graeme Acton, owner of Acton Land and Cattle Company, will be chairing a meeting in Middlemount, which will be attended by hundreds of local farmers.
“The same conditions are facing the producers and landholders in the three main regional shires in central Queensland, where [there are] massive mining interests and the infrastructure is being used extensively”, said Mr. Acton.
Farmers are blaming the State Government for failing to return funds to the regions where they’re produced. Mr. Acton has reported a 200% increase in his Company’s rates, which are going towards covering the gap left by misallocation of mining royalties.
Mr. Acton complains that this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened, given the significant involvement of mining industries in Queensland. “We’ve been asked to year on year increase our rates dramatically where the mining industry use increased”.