Rates across Queensland are guaranteed to rise, with the recent natural disasters pushing up council costs by an average of 7.5 per cent.
The figure is contained in a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association of Queensland.
The report says even councils that weren’t affected by the floods and Cyclone Yasi will face big hikes in costs due to the expected explosion in state-wide demand for construction resources as Queensland rebuilds.
LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said councils needed to take such costs into account. Read more