When you purchase a property, your details are registered in the Queensland Titles Office as the property owner. The Department of Environment and Resource Management will then forward this information to Council, and you will be recorded as the registered property owner on Council's records.
Council charges a fee to register this information. A charge will be levied with your next rates notice or a supplementary account will be issued. Please check Councils Fees and Charges document for the current fee applicable.
OWNER OCCUPIER STATUS
Council is offering the opportunity to all residential ratepayers whose property is their principal place of residence, to benefit from a reduced general rate. To enable the owner occupier differential rate to be claimed, the property must be a single residential use only, occupied as ones principal place of residence for greater than 60% of the financial year. More information on Owner Occupier can be found in the related policy to the right.
To download a Owner Occupier Status form, please click here.
Purchase of Land in Rural Areas
Whitsunday Regional Council supports the right of persons to carry out reasonable and practicable agricultural uses and practices on land in rural areas that are conducted in accordance with the relevant Planning Scheme and associated legislation.
Intending purchasers are advised that reasonable and practicable rural and agricultural uses of land may include some off-site impacts from the following - or like activities:
Logging and milling of timber
Livestock feed lots
Clearing and cultivation of land
Bushfire hazard reduction burning
Construction of firebreaks
Construction of dams, drains and contour banks
Use of agricultural machinery (tractors, chainsaws, motor bikes etc) including machinery and equipment used in the harvesting and transport of sugar cane on roads and railways around the clock in all weather conditions
Pumping and irrigation
Animal husbandry practices
Driving livestock on roads
Construction of access roads and tracks
Slashing and mowing vegetation
Planting of wood lots
Intending purchasers of land in rural areas should consider the impacts that would occur before purchase of land.
Intending purchasers are also advised that unformed roads, on-site sewerage treatment facilities and self-provided domestic water supplies are standard in many rural areas. Upgrading of these facilities to an urban/town standard is generally unlikely.