News

Don’t hold your breath for carbon tax savings

RATEPAYERS aren't likely to see money returned any time soon despite the repeal of the carbon tax, and any money returned is likely to be minimal.

In July, Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was likely to experience savings in lower fuel and electricity costs after the Federal Government repealed the controversial tax.

Because the council absorbed the costs and didn't levy for the carbon tax, any money returned to ratepayers is likely to be small.

Councillor Robert Garland said the council did not budget for the tax and the savings wouldn't be confirmed for a little while yet.

"We will probably not know the final impact until the end of the financial year," he said.

"Any savings through reduced costs will be reflected when council formulates future budgets."

Ergon Energy supplies the council with its electricity, and a spokesman previously told the Chronicle the council could easily work out its savings.

However, Fraser Coast residents will have the option of choosing between cheaper public transport fares or more services when the State Government re-invests savings from the scrapped tax.

Meanwhile, Maryborough MP Anne Maddern has urged locals to have their say on how savings from the carbon tax are spent.

"Over the next two weeks I want to hear from Fraser Coasters on how best to spend the carbon tax savings, which are about $30 million a year," she said.

An online survey closes at midnight Sunday, September 14, via the TransLink website http://translink.com.au or phone on 131 230.

Topics:  carbon tax, fraser coast regional council, ratepayers, savings



Backpacker tax scrapped as changes bite on farmers

Rob Bauer of Bauer's Organic Farm. The farm has launched a paddock-to-plate online shop. Photo: LucyRC Photography

Region's farmers still unhappy with decision

Job plan working, Qld minister says

Magnifying glass over a newspaper classified section with \"Job Opportunity\" text

Our plan to get Queenslander's back to work

Work on $800k mobility corridor to get underway this week

Work on a new mobility scooter corridor is set to get underway.

Work on a new mobility corridor has begun.

Local Partners

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual