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The ‘Battle against LHPA rates’ in The Land November 14 and a letter in the November 28 edition from the principal subject, Howard Furner of Goonengerry, at last exposes the statewide non-compliance in paying these arbitrary rates.

For them to declare that these acts and regulations are the law is most deceptive when they wrote these very statutes. Former DPI minister Jack Hallam in Neville Wran’s government told me this himself.

So the Act states that payment is enforceable, while services are regulated and restricted. One review even had the gall to ask ratepayers to document the benefits because they could not believably describe any identifiable returns.

Over 33 years I have refused to pay these charges on my 12ha wooded valley behind Billinudgel, in that time receiving one thousand demands in the mail. After about six summonses served upon me, the RLPB/LHPA has wasted at least 13 grand in costs, legal fees and an aborted auction of my land, which I refuse to pay and they are unable to enforce.

If more ‘ratepayers’ would follow this praiseworthy example, this evil qango would be bankrupted, so let us bring this on!

With 200 statements of claim, many unlawfully served, now intimidating northern rivers landowners, those being threatened need to have the courage to defend their rights, in court if necessary, and still refuse to pay up.

For their media officer to say they are not happy to divulge details of these intimidating legal enforcements shows how secretive they are, because their better nature must be ashamed of the appalling treatment they have meted out over the years to innocent rural dwellers.

To obtain information and support go to www.rurallandsgroup.net and www.lhpaclassaction.com.

Russell Preston, Brisbane



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