Sue-Ellen Lammi and Member for Burnett Rob Messenger with Molly are shocked over the increase in council fees.
Sue-Ellen Lammi and Member for Burnett Rob Messenger with Molly are shocked over the increase in council fees. Scottie Simmonds

No home relocation fees: Messenger

MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger has promised to scrap any local government fees associated with buying and relocating a home.

"Instead of placing more red tape and financial disincentives on home removals, the council should be encouraging this environmentally friendly activity," Mr Messenger said.

Mr Messenger said Bundaberg Regional Council had recently increased its fees to remove a house so they were not comparable to other regional councils in the state.

The council charges a cash bond or bank guarantee, which is determined by the amount of work to be done to relocate a house, as well as $400-$600 for an assessment of the removal cost.

The Cairns City Council charges a bond of just over $25,000 and the Gympie

Regional Council charges a minimum bond of $30,000.

Mr Messenger said home "recycling" was becoming more popular.

"This unjustified and sneaky increase in local government charges for house removals is penalising young couples who are trying to buy their first home," he said.

Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the cash bond or bank guarantee was taken to ensure works were completed or could be paid for if left abandoned.

"We don't want to be left with a half-finished eyesore," she said.

The council should be encouraging this environmentally friendly activity.



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