Are our rates as bad as Bundy says? Mayor says no!

THE Fraser Coast has been named as the most expensive council area in a list created by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

The table of selected regions was created by the council's revenue department and cited our region as paying above the average for sewerage, water access and waste collection.

However, Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell came out swinging on the issue.

"That's misleading," he said.

"It's not a good comparison - this is the second year running they've put this comparison out."

Cr O'Connell said a correct number provided by the Department of Local Government had Fraser Coast residents paying about $500 less than Bundaberg.

"(Bundaberg's) figures also double up on waste collection charges and there is no accounting for the discounts offered by council for early payment," he said.

But Bundaberg Mayor Mal Foreman said the Fraser Coast's discounts were purposely left out.

"It was considered best to compare gross rates before discount, as all councils levy gross rates therefore there was a level playing field in that comparison," he said.

"The numbers attributed to (the) Fraser Coast were extracted from Fraser Coast's 2014-15 Budget document.

"(The) Fraser Coast has clarified a couple of issues which have been amended in the table."

But Cr O'Connell said he asked the Fraser Coast council's CEO Lisa Desmond to meet with the other council CEO's in the Wide Bay Burnett to discuss the table.

Cr Foreman said the information was sourced to show the Bundaberg region residents how much they were paying in rates, compared to other regions across the state.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council gerard o'connell

Discovery of dead birds in M'Boro has residents suspicious

Miro Lesniewski has found a number of dead magpies and ibises, possibly baited, around where he resides in the Tooley, Milton and North Sts, Maryborough area.

The bodies were found on Tooley, Milton and North Sts.

28 wishes for the Fraser Coast

Caloundra Music Festival 2016

What you would like to see on the Fraser Coast.

Dreamworld shock: Son and daughter saw parents die

 New Zealand expat Cindy Low, 42, (back right) has been named as the fourth victim who died in the accident at Dreamworld yesterday. An investigation is underway to determine how four people died on the 30-year-old Thunder River Rapids ride at the Gold Coast theme park.

It is understood Kieran was the last person to see his mum alive.

Local Partners

Hervey Bay to Hollywood: dreams do come true

No Caption

She graduated from the Amercial Musical and Dramatic Academy.

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Len Wiseman files for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Len Wiseman has filed for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June