Business owner David Shaw feels the weight of rate and registration notices.
Business owner David Shaw feels the weight of rate and registration notices. Robyne Cuerel

Maryborough small business owner calls for rate relief

SMALL business owner David Shaw believes operators like himself will not survive unless the council offers rates concessions.

Mr Shaw runs a mechanical repair shop in Maryborough's Tiger St and has seen his wage halve in recent years because of increasing costs.

He wants the council to do more to help small business owners by offering discounts and wants an investigation launched to look at ways to reduce the burden on operators.

"Because I've got a business on my property there's two water charges and two bin charges," Mr Shaw said.

"I did have the block next door and that was getting thrown in too. The original council when I brought the block next door walked in and said, 'Look there's nothing there so we'll just leave it on one rates notice don't worry about it' so the old council were fine with me just paying one rates notice.

"Then all of a sudden under the new council, I've had three water charges and three waste charges, so what I had to do was pay to convert two blocks together and get rid of one of the set of charges, but I'm still paying double."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said Mr Shaw's property was being rated correctly under the Minimum Category 10 General Rate.

He said the charges were equitable to other business owners who operate their business from a separate address.

Councillor for small business, manufacturing and service industry Chris Loft said number of incentives and support networks to help small business increase their cliental and achieve their goals.

Mr Loft said the Boost your Business program provides business owners with access to a range of discounts on professional services.

Generic rates charges for home business

  • Domestic water charge = $425
  • Commercial water charge = $425
  • Sewerage charge = $665
  • Two minimum waste service charges per unit = $252 + $252 = $504 
  • State Government fire levy = $166.80
  • Council rural fire levy = $28
  • Environmental levy = $27.45
  • Commercial / Industrial minimum general rate = $1,124
  • Total = 3365.25


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