Rural resident vents rates outrage

Home owner David Kapp is out of pocket due to the collapse Coral Coast Homes.
Home owner David Kapp is out of pocket due to the collapse Coral Coast Homes. Max Fleet

INVICTA resident David Kapp says he gets no council services at all, so he is wondering why his general rates increased by 12% in the latest rise.

Mr Kapp said his latest rates notice showed an increase of $40 to $370.

“I pay the same here as someone who lives in town,” he said.

“I don't even have the garbage pick-up service out here.”

Mr Kapp said Bundaberg Regional Council would not even give residents in his area the option of having a garbage bin, even if they wanted one.

Instead, residents in the area had to take their rubbish to the dump themselves.

“Some people just burn their waste, which I think is the wrong thing to do because of the toxic smoke,” he said.

“We don't get any services at all here, but we all have to pay the same rates as people in category one in town.

“But the people in town get roads, street lighting and footpaths.”

Mr Kapp said he thought it was unfair his rates had increased so much when the council could not provide the same services as those provided to people living in Moore Park Beach – which was about the same distance from Bundaberg as his area.

“I've complained about this all over the place,” he said.

Mr Kapp said he had rung the council several times about drainage issues in the area.

“When the rain comes we get water all over the place,” he said.

Mr Kapp said he had eventually paid out of his own pocket for a bobcat contractor to come out and try to fix the drainage around his house.

“There are people who have lived here for 23 years and the road is still a dirt track,” he said.

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