Luke Jeffries tidies up a housing construction site – an increasingly expensive activity under new state laws.
Luke Jeffries tidies up a housing construction site – an increasingly expensive activity under new state laws. Renee Pilcher

Taxes counter ‘affordable housing'

THE prospect of taxes on top of waste disposal taxes will give Gympie Region residents extra reason to get into recycling habits over the peak garbage Christmas period.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne called on the State Government to "get its act together" on affordable housing and said this aim was contradicted by a newly activated tax on construction waste.

The $35/tonne levy imposed by the State Government would impact on the cost of home building and would come with an added 10% GST levy on top.

Gympie Region councillors this week expressed alarm at the new tax, which they said could be extended at the stroke of a pen to include household garbage taken to the dump.

Cr Dyne said the new tax would have an unfortunate effect on housing prices, along with the recent doubling of stamp duty.

"One department says we need affordable housing and the other taxes us to the hilt.

"It's about time the government got its act together, co-ordinated its actions and let people get on with their lives," he said.

Councillor Graham Engeman questioned the fact that GST was apparently applicable on top of the garbage tax, which the council is compelled by law to collect on behalf of the State Government.

"The only thing we get out of it is the abuse at the gate," Cr Dyne said at this week's council general meeting.

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