Free rates information session

An initiative by Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group will see Burdekin residents gain the opportunity to attend a free public information session on rates.

Burdekin Shire Councillor and Advisory Group chairman Cr Ted Bawden said the meeting would be held at Council’s John Drysdale Chamber at 10.30am on Wednesday 10 May.

“The seniors group asked to hold this presentation to help our seniors to understand the rating system and to answer questions they might have,” Cr Bawden said.

“As a Councillor I receive enquiries about rates from the wider community so we decided to open the session up to the general public as well. It gives people the ability to ask questions they might have and to learn more about any rebates that are available.”

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council staff would make a presentation to the meeting and information packs would be available to take away on the day.

“There will be practical advice on the different payment methods available to people and on how to find out if you’re eligible for a pensioner rebate,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The session will also look at what happens if you’re experiencing difficulties paying your rates. “It’s a great opportunity to get your questions answered. “I’d like to thank the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group for taking the initiative to host this information session.

“The group put on a similar information session last year on the NBN and it was a very well-attended and informative event.”

Council usually adopts its rates and charges by 30 June at the Annual Budget Meeting. Once adopted, rate notices will follow soon afterwards with the due date for payment being 30 days after issue.

For further information or to confirm your attendance at this session, please contact Melissah on (07) 4783 9800 or visit Council’s website

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