Letter to the Editor - Wednesday, October 29: Rate rise fury

WITH the recent rate rise, Sandy Beach and Woolgoolga are charged at $600 per quarter for an average residential block, not including excess water.

I have searched other areas in NSW and Qld for comparisons, all quarterly and not including excess water. I found in North Lambton (Newcastle) the charge was $320; Blacktown, Sydney $324; Hunters Hill, Sydney $317; North Sydney $460; Illawarra $260 and Redland in Queensland $301.

All these areas have kerb and guttering, unlike substantial areas of Sandy Beach and Woolgoolga. It seems only the new estates warrant these luxuries.

I resent the charges and clearly in an area with high unemployment, people are struggling to meet these charges.

I cannot justify paying these enormous charges when our storm water management in Sandy Beach consists of large open drains beside too-narrow roads. Local children in times of heavy rain could easily be swept away or drowned.

It's not good enough. How dare council even consider another rate rise.

ANNY WYBORN



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