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Opinion: We must expect less of council

THE sad front page story about pensioner Gloria O'Brien having to sell up and leave Gympie due to escalating rates shows how rate increases can have a devastating effect on the region's poor.

It's a massive problem for homeowners on low incomes.

Not only are rates increasing but so are electricity prices and the general cost of living.

I know of many pensioners who sit at home in the dark to save money.

The problem for council is they have a population that demands more and more.

The recently amalgamated Gympie region is massive with a comparatively low population compared to other councils like Noosa.

We have a small rate base to pay for thousands of kilometres of roads.

But all that information doesn't help people like Gloria. Rates need to be reined in but residents also need to expect less from council.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie regional council, homeowners, rates




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