Bigger rate increase on the cards ahead of Gold Coast 2022/23 Budget

Gold Coasters could be in for a bigger rates hike next year as community consultation on the city’s next budget gets underway.

Residents are being encouraged to get online and have their say about how council spends the $1.83 billion over 2022/23.

Improvements to public areas, parking and transport options, water and beaches quality are all being welcomed.


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Mayor Tom Tate says it’s time to get a few of the community’s infrastructure projects back on track as well.

“There’s Palm Beach Aquatic Centre, there are so many community infrastructure projects that I’ve put on hold while we spend for the light rail and the Commonwealth Games.

“But I know that the wider community wants community infrastructure so I want to put it online,” Mayor Tate said on Tuesday morning.

It’s been nine years straight of rates only increasing on or below CPI, but the Mayor won’t commit to the low increases again.

“It’s going to be interesting on this one round, I’m hoping that we can keep it down.

“But there are Covid initiatives, we’ve got to support small business, transport, the Olympics Brisbane wants $200 million for us to invest, well I’ve got to start saving on that.

“It’s a huge budget this budget and I’ve always said I want to keep it in line with CPI but let’s see what happens,” the Mayor said.

For more information about the community consultation or to have your say, click here.