Barry Leddicoat

Ratepayers hit with 10% rise to cover deficit forecasts

RATEPAYERS in the nation's capital will be hit with a 10% rate rise as the territory government seeks to cut down three years of deficits forecast.

The Australian Capital Territory Government handed down its budget on Tuesday, showing similar economic constraints as Queensland.

But it will be the Abbott government's cuts of 16,500 public servants that will have the biggest effect on Canberra's economy; one less thing the Sunshine State needs to worry about.

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said the Federal Government's budget cuts took about $100 million from the territory's coffers, with a surplus not expected until 2016-17.


First of three workshops held for bushfire management

First of three workshops held for bushfire management

Council hosted the first Bushfire Management Community Workshop in Dingo.

Punting aid for Emerald 100

Punting aid for Emerald 100

Are you venturing out to tomorrow’s Emerald 100 meeting at Pioneer Park, your new...

Strong fields and big crowds for tomorrow

Strong fields and big crowds for tomorrow

It is anticipated more than 3500 punters will rattle through the turnstiles and...