Chance to discuss flood rate rise

A SERIES of community information sessions has been arranged to give members of the public the opportunity to discuss the proposed Special Rate Variation for flood mitigation works with Coffs Harbour City Council representatives.

Council is proposing to apply for a variation to enable work to begin on a wider range of vital Flood Mitigation and Drainage projects.

“Improving public health and safety is the driving force behind council’s proposal to fund these works,” said Stephen Sawtell, council’s general manager. “A loan of $6m from the Storm Water Levy will finance one program of the works – a measure which was agreed by council in November and has already been put in place.

“However, in order to raise a further $6m for more flood mitigation and drainage construction works – a total of $12m worth of improvements – council is proposing that a Special Rate Variation of 4.4 per cent be applied in 2010-2011 on top of the State Government capped rate increase of 2.6 per cent. This would equal a total general rate increase of seven per cent, which for an average household means paying $112.06 a year – an extra $36.50 on top of the rate-capped amount of $75.56.”

Online submissions can be made by email to coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au, with the subject line ‘Special Rate Variation’ or via our website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/consultation

The sessions will be held on:

Monday, March 22 – Council Chambers, 6-8pm.

Tuesday, March 23 – Nana Glen Community Hall, 6-8pm.

Tuesday, March 30 – Sawtell CWA Hall (Elizabeth St), 6-8pm.

Wednesday, March 31 – Woolgoolga Community Village (Boundary St), 7pm-9pm.



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