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May 8, 2021

Byron fees and charges unfair

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George Knott, Byron Bay

Byron Council recently advertised a draft program which included revised fees and charges for water and sewerage. Contained within this draft program were proposed increases in water and sewerage charges for the Mullumbimby catchment.

The proposed increases would mean that a land owner or developer would have to pay $37,739 per lot, or block of land, for water and sewerage. In the Ballina shire this fee is $22,684. In the Tweed shire this fee is only $18,192.

In my mind a 159 per cent increase in fees and charges for water and sewerage since 2007/2008 is unacceptably high.

There have not been wage increases which support such increases in fees and charges.

The proposed fees and charges are not being fairly levelled across the shire.

The Mullumbimby catchment cannot bear such a disproportionate burden of the overall fees for the shire. If it becomes too expensive to live in the Mullumbimby catchment we will get to a stage where the workers in the Byron shire all live outside the shire.



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  1. I agree George. Property prices for established homes are already still too expensive for this area and the only other option to try and secure some land to build looks like it is going to get a whole lot more expensive. Council are obviously out of touch with the economics of this area. It smells to me like gouging on a massive scale and will not increase the number of rate payers as no one can afford to live/build here!! On the flip side, if I want to stay off the town water and sewer like most of the hinterland folks then Council should allow this option. Maybe this will provide the impetus for change and there are examples of urban homes that are completely stand alone as regards power, water and waste. However, something tells me that Council would want their quid some way or another.


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