Farmers pitch in for fighting fund

THE Central Highlands Regional Council Concerned Ratepayers’ Association is beefing up its fight for fairer rates.

Chairman Kevin Pickersgill is standing by the motto of “strength in numbers” and has put the call out for other concerned residents to join a fighting fund following a meeting held with the Isaac Regional Council Concerned Ratepayers’ Association on Tuesday, and deputations with state politicians last week.

“We had a meeting with (State Opposition leader) John-Paul Langbroek, and we got a very positive response from him,” Mr Pickersgill said.

“Also, we had a meeting with (Local Government Minister) Desley Boyle the following day and… (she) wants something that will be in a format that will be presentable to the government that will hold water – it can’t have holes, it’s got to be factual.

“Once we’ve finished with that report, she said she’ll hand it on to the Cabinet.”

The report is predicted to take up to six months to complete and will detail the situation faced by rural ratepayers from every region in central Queensland.

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