BUDGET RATE RISE | Gold Coast ratepayers to pay more

City of Gold Coast unveiled its budget for 2017-18 on Monday.

Mayor Tom Tate said we would see rates increase by 1.8 per cent, which is around $1.26 extra a week.  He said this is the sixth successive time rate increases have been kept at record lows.

“Since I became Mayor in 2012, I made it clear to Council that the days of double digit and high rate increases were over. For 2017-18, Council has again achieved that milestone as we deliver a 1.8 percent average general rate increase (principal place of residence),’’ said Mayor Tate.


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“We achieve this at the same time that we are paying down debt, building a world-class cultural precinct, finalising plans to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, rolling out permanent beach matting, protecting our precious koala population and boosting our CCTV network.

“I thank all Councillors, the CEO and administration for rolling their sleeves up and delivering this budget which puts our city way ahead.’’

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  • 224 million towards providing safe and reliable drinking water across the city;
  • $9.8 million towards Northern Beaches Shoreline Project;
  • $404,000 for koala conservation;
  • $2 million for CCTV;
  • $5 million towards new sporting/aquatic centre at Pimpama;
  • $97 million towards hosting GC2018;
  • $341,000 towards permanent beach matting; and
  • $124 million towards parks, reserves and open space for all Gold Coasters.

“The Games will be an historic event in our city’s history and they are now only nine months away. This budget lays the foundation to take us past the Games and to put our city way ahead,’’ he said.

“It’s now time to get on with the job of delivering these important projects and programs that employ thousands of Gold Coasters, and their families, every day.’’

Michelle has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1999 and 102.9 Hot Tomato is her 4th radio station. Major stories she’s covered over the years include the Childers Backpacker Hotel fire and the fatal shooting of Police Officer Damien Leeding on the Gold Coast. Michelle has been writing for myGC.com.au since its inception. “I really enjoy lifestyle type stories that show the world just how interesting we all are.” Outside of work, Michelle volunteers her time with many local causes including Volunteering Gold Coast, the Schoolies Support Team and Rosies Street Outreach.

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