Livingstone Shire Council has adopted its new Infrastructure Charges Resolution which will make Livingstone, and the Capricorn Coast in particular, one of the most affordable destinations in the region to establish a new business or industry.
Deputy Mayor and portfolio holder for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, Councillor Graham Scott, said the new Infrastucture Charges Plan prepared by Livingstone Shire staff reflects the advantages the Capricorn Coast now has with efficient, modern infrastructure systems in place.
“The fact that successive Livingstone Councils have prudently and consistently invested in putting efficient and effective infrastructure in place means that we have been able to reduce overall infrastructure charges for most forms of commercial and industrial development by approximately 50% and in some instances up to 70%,” Cr Scott said.
“Examples of the savings available compared to the previous infrastructure charges inherited from Rockhampton Regional Council at de-amalgamation include a massive reduction in infrastructure charges for major new commercial developments from, in some cases $180 and $200 per square metre of new floor area, down to $70 per square metre.”
"There are similar savings for offices, light industry, entertainment and sporting facilities.
“We all know the Capricorn Coast is a great place to live. Council is now giving business and industry even more reasons as to why it is also a great place to invest and grow new businesses,” Cr Scott said.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said these new charges are not a discount or a short-term incentive.
“These are real reductions based on rigorous evaluation of both our present and long-term infrastructure needs and future requirements to service our Shire’s exceptional growth,” Mayor Ludwig said.
“Business and industry need certainty when making investment decisions, and with these substantial reductions in infrastructure charges Council has delivered both certainty and affordability,” Mayor Ludwig said.
The new Infrastructure Charges Resolution will come into effect from 18 July 2014.