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Unley Council rates drop twenty percent.

June 10, 2015

images (10) In a move  unprecedented in Australian  Local Government history, Unley City Council is to slash its rates by a huge twenty percent.

To achieve this dramatic reduction, all libraries and community centres will shut their doors.  Street sweeping will only occur once a year. Dead street trees will not be replaced. Householders will have to cart their rubbish to the depot. There will be no more money spent on paving footpaths. The swimming pool will be filled in and sold off for housing blocks. Financial support for sporting clubs (especially Sturt) will be abandoned.  And donations to local groups staging community events will disappear.

It’s game on in rates stakes… and to heck with your lifestyle.

Hang on a bit, though. Perhaps I should stop ingesting those magic mushroom sandwiches…And, more importantly, stop reading the load of rubbish emanating from Waymouth Street.

Every June we get the same old load of tosh served up to us as news. And just as predictably the letters pages reap the benefit.

Rates…without which the lifestyle of residents would sink to Third World level…are NOT a “grab”, as emotively portrayed by the media. They are a must if residents are not to be deprived of services , especially the ones in which they have a personal interest.

Councils spend endless hours tackling the rates scenario and trying to second-guess the  population’s demands, present and future. Invitations to the public to take part in the discussion reap fewer than half a dozen responses.

And the “Advertiser” laughs all the way to its circulation figures…



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    June 10, 2015 2:31 pm

    Mike, what sensational nonsense. With such lingering ability I’m surprised that the Advertiser doesn’t haul you out of retirement to sensationalise news stories about Councils’ grab for rates. It has probably scared off your international readers who are having second thoughts about migrating to Parkside.
    For a slightly more tame and less sensational read visit Bob’s Blog


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      June 10, 2015 3:23 pm

      Well, it’s a damn sight cheaper than putting up an electrified three-metre picket fence all around the Parkside ward!! Parkside for the Poms, I say!


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