Allan Fuary and Stephen Keviell at the Brolga Theatre for the Rates Summit.
Allan Fuary and Stephen Keviell at the Brolga Theatre for the Rates Summit. Robyne Cuerel

Grumpy-faced balloon replaces mayor at rates summit

ONE notable guest at Wednesday night's Rates Summit was a yellow balloon with an unhappy-looking face scribbled on it - it was sitting in for the mayor who was unable to make the event.

But guest speakers did their best to explain the region's rate riddle.

About 180 people were at the Brolga Theatre and listened to suggestions Land Value Research Group's Dr Gavin Putland and Association for Good Government' Joffre Balce put forward.

Dr Putland said he believed homeowners were worse off under the current system.

"What is hidden is the small number of ratepayers who benefit at other people's expense," he said.

Councillors Phil Truscott, George Seymour, Daniel Sanderson and James Hansen were at the event listening to the speakers and also to the questions of puzzled residents.



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