Council's $5m charge blunder

A $6.6 million-plus infrastructure and public art charge sent in a letter to a Hervey Bay developer late last month has turned out to be a council stuff-up.

The developer, who this week did not want to comment on the shock amount, is understood to have contacted the council about a week after receiving the letter, questioning the validity of the figure quoted.

The first stage of the development will be a state-of-the-art multi-storey office block, with future residential and retail components planned for later stages.

Following the developer’s phone call to the council headquarters in Tavistock Street, the council sent another letter to the developer – with a new figure quoted.

The latest figure is understood to be under $1 million – more than $5 million less than the original bill.



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