All should benefit from council's development levy
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.