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Sun newspapers Wed 2 Jun 2010

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Title

Sun newspapers Wed 2 Jun 2010

Collection

Sun newspapers; NewspaperNT

Date

2010-06-02

Description

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/234664

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/653226

Page content

S un N ew sp ap er s - P ag e 10 1 5 - C M Y K 15Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY June 02 2010OUT AND ABOUT 51 g s0 4 www.cazalysnt.com.au 23 rh 04 /0 6 Information for members & bona fide guests 49 br 03 /1 0 Juliet Saltmarsh, Dave Hadley and Yvette Wells at Hidden Valley for the Superbikes Caitlin Jackson, Sam Bestwick and Emily Hill-Hewitt at the Seabreeze Festival Ashlee Scarff, Brittany Hayward-Brown and Chiara Milne show their colours at BASSINTHEGRASS Sarah Middlin, Kate Middlin and Scott Bachelor at the Seabreeze Festival on the Nightcliff foreshore Superstock 600 Class riders Adrian DiGiandomenico, Bryce Van Hoof and Ross Gurd cool off in a blow-up pool between races at Round 2 of the Superbikes championship at Hidden Valley Sierra Bath, Sophie Verass and Alex Cole at Nightcliff for the Seabreeze Festival Copies of all Out and About pictures are available for purchase at Sun Newspapers. Phone us to order your copy today on 8931 3122. LEFT: Peter Perfect, Luke Morris, Fee Milford, and Brett McManus went to the Darwin Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre to soak up the range of BASSINTHEGRASS acts 49dw03/10 10 NEWSSun Newspapers WEDNESDAY June 02 2010 49 dw 02 /1 0 49 dw 10 /1 0 By BRUCE CUTLER DARWIN homeowners will face a rate rise of 5.5 per cent under the draft Darwin City Council budget released last week. The minimum rate on houses in the suburbs will rise by $44 to $844. Suburban units and townhouses will be made to pay an 11 per cent increase in the minimum rate, which will rise to $888 under the draft plan. Rates for most unit owners in the CBD will stay the same at $1070. CBD business properties will face a 9.7 per cent hike on their rates. The 5.5 per cent rise for houseowners in the proposed budget is nearly double the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The new rates increase follows council increasing rates by 6.9 per cent last year. Darwin Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer said criticism of the rates increase being higher than the current CPI rate of 2.9 per cent was of little relevance to council's budget considerations. "I try to make the point that Darwin City Council doesn't base its expenditure on the CPI, it is better to use the tender price index and cost of building materials rather than lettuces and tomatoes," he said. The total revenue for council generated through rates and charges will be just less than $50 million in 2010-11. The budget will return a small surplus of $466,000. Mr Sawyer said it would have been irresponsible for council to use its reserve funds of $21 million for keeping rates lower as those funds are needed to "cover off on contingencies as they occur, like environmental issues". "The reserve funds are put there from fees and charges, not from rates. They are not something you can spend for day-to-day activities," he said. "Always as usual we had to leave a lot of (projects) out which we would have wanted to have done, because we didn't want to raise rates further. "Darwin is still growing very rapidly and we have higher expectations on maintaining parks and the expansion of suburbs." Council is proposing new borrowings in 2010-11 of $1 million relating to a youth precinct project. Nearly $660,000 has been put in the 2010-11 budget for mayor and councillor allowances with the Lord Mayor receiving an annual base allowance of $106,059 a rise of $2687. The council's budget is out for public comment until June 21. Rates for most CBD unit owners will stay the same under Darwin City Councils draft budget plans Darwin house rates rise 5.5% Key projects of budget $1 million allocated to the Youth Energy Precinct concept to enable preliminary works to be completed. $1.1 million to construct and refurbish cycle paths and footpaths throughout Darwin. $2.5 million for the reconstruction of Cavenagh Street in city centre. $0.2 million for planning and design work on the proposed Cavenagh St multi-storey car parking development. $0.53 million allocated to climate change and the environment $.2 million stormwater upgrades $.8 million footpath construction $.5 million entertainment centre refurb


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