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All should benefit from council's development levy

Gympie Regional Council meeting for the 2016 budget.
Gympie Regional Council meeting for the 2016 budget. Arthur Gorrie

TODAY 150 Kilkivan residents will be putting their voice to the council, through a petition on how they would like to see the money from the economic development levy shared to their patch of the region.

The $65 annual ratepayer levy was introduced this year, with the immediate aim to help fund the revival of the Mary Valley Rattler.

As a ratepayer I agree with financially supporting work to get a large piece of our backyard tourism running again - especially a piece that is as unique and steeped in our region's history as the Rattler.

But I also feel a bit in the dark as to the long-term plan and use of this levy. Will 100 percent of the levy be used to get the Rattler off the broken track or - as the name suggests - will will it be used towards varying developments in the region?

Getting the Rattler up and running will benefit the entire region when it brings tourists to the area, but I can see how those living in areas of the region, such as Kilkivan, who will not be directly benefitted feel like they are missing out.

The council has a very hard job in deciding how to share the pie and maybe it's a case of the hungriest child getting the biggest piece. Fortunately Kilkivan residents only seek a small piece.

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