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And people wonder why their council rates keep rising

May 18, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Council rates don't just rise because the dollar value of lots in a local government area increase or because a council needs to play catch-up with its infrastucture and road maintenance debts.Rates may also rise over time because of the cumulative cost of too many people vandalizing or illegally dumping on property owned or managed by a council.Here is a classic example. The result of someone obviously wanting to take a vehicle somewhere a vehicle was not meant to go.There are timber bollards at both ends of a walking track at the rear of the Bowling Club in Iluka, a quiet little village at the mouth of the Clarence River.Replacing, repositioning or re-erecting these bollards costs Clarence Valley Council money in the form of material and/or manhours. I am reliably informed that this is the third time this has happened in the last four weeks and that these bollards were also vandalised around 18 months ago. Photographs of vandalised bollards suppliedNow the majority of people living in the NSW Northern Rivers region are rightly proud of the greenspaces within their towns and villages and the natural forests inbetween.So the next time you see someone doing something like this - report it to your local council and if appropriate then call the police.Remember, doing so just might save you some money in the long run.