Messenger calls for rate reform

MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger has called for prospective Gladstone mayors to put rate reform at the tops of their agenda.

Mr Messenger has put out the call after a community steering group meeting on Monday night.

The MP said he was committed to a rate crisis steering committee to find ways of bringing about genuine rate reform and a fair go to all Discovery Coast ratepayers and business owners.

“The community is desperate to make their voice heard and one of the best ways of getting across their message that the Discovery Coast is in crisis, is by supporting a candidate who will champion the issues of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy and other forgotten communities,” he said.

Mr Messenger called for prospective candidates to contact him, saying the committee wanted to support a candidate who would address a number of important issues, including rates costs and business charges and fees.

“You don't have to be from the Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy. As long as you live in the greater Gladstone region and you want to champion genuine rate reform and help the discovery coast survive, you will be very welcome.”

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