Whitsunday Regional Council (“Council”) is committed to the collection of overdue rates and charges in a fair, equitable and timely manner but with due consideration to financial hardship faced by ratepayers and customers.
Council is establishing a Rate Relief Advisory Committee (“Advisory Committee”) to consider applications for concessions and to provide advice to Council regarding the most appropriate assistance to be offered to ratepayers and not-for-profit organisations. Concessions are provided to ratepayers experiencing financial hardship due to circumstances that are above and beyond the normal financial difficulties of all ratepayers.
In developing recommendations to the Council, the Advisory Committee is to consider each application consistent with the Local Government Act 2009 and the Local Government Regulation 2012, as well as Council policies. At the request of the applicant, the Advisory Committee will discuss in confidence the matters directly with the applicant during a closed meeting.
The Advisory Committee includes two voluntary members from the community, appointed by the Council for a two year appointment, through an expression of interest.
Council is ideally seeking expressions of interest from members from the community with one or more of the following areas of knowledge:
•Social security payments and assistance
•Financial planning; and
•General legal advice.