Unwelcome stuff in Fraser Coast letterboxes

EDITORIAL: The first rate notices since the council budget have arrived in Fraser Coast home owners' letterboxes.

As the Chronicle said after Mayor Gerard O'Connell brought down the budget, rate rises are inevitable if you want better facilities in your region.

But when the council pitches a 5% rise and ratepayers get a bill with a 10-20% rise, hackles are going to rise.

In a commercial analogy, if someone sells you something with a $104 price tag then charges you $110 or $120, you would be justified in feeling ripped off.

Cr O'Connell is sticking with his pitch, suggesting those with higher increases are affected by "variables" and the average ratepayer will have a 5% rise.

If that's the case, there must be some whose rise is much less. I suppose it is unlikely those would complain to the Chronicle.

Election ephemera

WHILE many would feel the recycling bin was the best repository for election material, the National Library of Australia thinks differently.

The library wants to collect an original copy of every bit of political ephemera. I'm sure they'll be welcome to it.



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Proud former navy officer leads ex-servicewomen in march

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