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INCREASED COUNCIL RATES – LABOR’S CARBON TAX TO HIT DUBBO, FORBES, PARKES, CABONNE AND NARROMINE COUNCILS

Monday, June 04, 2012

Every ratepayer of Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Cabonne and Narromine Councils will be slugged by the Labor government carbon tax, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant has condemned Federal Labor’s carbon tax as an attack on NSW residents and ratepayers.

As revealed recently, council rates across NSW will next year increase by at least $14m – the direct result of Federal Labor’s carbon tax.

Dubbo City Council will have to collect an additional $93,370 in rates alone due to the carbon tax.

Cabonne Council will have to collect an additional $34,616, Forbes Shire Council $24,908; Narromine Shire Council $17,189; Parkes Shire Council $30,680

“Our worst fears regarding Federal Labor’s Carbon Tax have now become a reality,” Mr Grant said.

“It’s not only energy bills where local residents will feel the impact of the Carbon Tax, they are also going to cop it in the hip pocket when it comes time to pay their council rates.

“This rates increase will be another financial burden for NSW households, with average electricity bills to rise by approximately $182, mainly due to the introduction of the carbon tax.”

Mr Grant said that is was extremely disappointing for the Local Government industry that the new tax has not taken into account the significant impact of the tax on the local government sector.

“Some Councils in NSW will still be slugged for other facilities including water treatment plants.

“Unlike some individuals who will receive some compensation, of Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Cabonne and Narromine Councils will receive no compensation, so ultimately ratepayers will cop it.

“This ‘reprieve’ announced by the Acting Prime Minister will only delay the costs for 12 months relating to landfill facilities that Councils operate but does not assist with the majority of other costs.

“There are potentially millions of dollars more in costs that the Federal Labor Government has shamelessly walloped every council in the state with no way to pay it.

“It is clear that the federal Labor government failed to take into account the Local Government sector – now they are trying to play catch-up with policy on the run.

“I call on the Federal Government to scrap this carbon tax - It would be the best thing the Federal Government could do for of Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Cabonne and Narromine Councils Mr Grant concluded.

GRANT ACTS: FORBES AND PARKES HOSPITALS ON TRACK

Monday, May 28, 2012
A move to deliver high quality health services is now a step closer; with planning due to commence shortly for the refurbishment of Forbes Hospital, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant today confirmed that all health services currently operating out of the Forbes Hospital would be retained, removing any uncertainty or doubt in the minds of local residents over the future of health services in Forbes.

Mr Grant also re-confirmed that the NSW Government has committed $42.5 million towards a new hospital at Parkes and $25 million for a refurbishment of Forbes Hospital.

"I'm excited to see that significant progress is being made to deliver upon the election commitments the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government gave to the people of Forbes and Parkes," Mr Grant said.

"This Government recognises that the Parkes and Forbes communities and the surrounding region have been neglected for far too long."

"Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller has been kept informed of these developments and expressed gratitude for the excellent work undertaken by the Western NSW Local Health District CEO Ron Dunham and his team."

Mr Grant said the decision to maintain services at Forbes Hospital was reached after lengthy consultation with doctors, clinicians and the community.

"I will continue to work with these groups to address the shortfalls in existing services including the shortage of GP's in the region."

Mr Grant also said he was encouraged by the fact that work to select a site for the multimillion dollar Parkes Hospital will commence shortly.

"A number of sites will be earmarked by Health Infrastructure and assessed for their suitability," Mr Grant said.

"Whichever site is selected must take into consideration Parkes increasing population and growing community needs." 

"Yet again we have delivered on a promise to deliver the very best available health care to these two communities."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

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