Council rates blamed for job losses in Fraser Coast region

THE Fraser Coast's minimum general rates have been blamed for creating unemployment in the region.

Dr Gavin Putland, of the Land Value Research Group and Prosper Australia in Melbourne, said he had no doubt rates influenced the job market.

He said minimum general rates forced the price of accommodation higher for both employers and employees.

"If you have to work for a living your employer must be able to pay for business premises out of the proceeds of the business," Dr Putland said.

"And you must be able to pay for housing within commuting distance of the business premises out of wages that your employer can pay out of the proceeds of the business."

Dr Putland said having more accommodation available helped keep commercial and residential rents low.

He said it was also better for employment if businesses and developers did not face multiple waste and water charges.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell refuted claims the minimum general rate was creating unemployment and argued that a minimum general rate was charged by the majority of councils across Queensland.

"The peaks and troughs in rates charges are designed to minimise the financial impact on residents and businesses during both slow and boom economic periods," Cr O'Connell said.

He said the minimum general rate paid for services such as maintenance and infrastructure.



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