YOU'RE KIDDING: On-site manager Max Dodson and residents Heather Conlan and Aileen Smith are incensed that council indicated their rates would increase in line with strata dwellings. They feel that because they don't own the land that it's unfair.
YOU'RE KIDDING: On-site manager Max Dodson and residents Heather Conlan and Aileen Smith are incensed that council indicated their rates would increase in line with strata dwellings. They feel that because they don't own the land that it's unfair. John McCutcheon

MELTDOWN: Shock as council signals 1000% rates hike

PENSIONERS are in "meltdown" after a council letter foreshadowed a 1000 per cent rates increase on their retirement village living.

Cooroy Village resident Heather Conlan said she and more than 100 other residents' futures remained uncertain after the Noosa Council indicated the current rate of $107 a unit would rise to "eventually align" with the $1081 minimum on strata dwellings and units.

Ms Conlan said the "bottom line" was they did not own the land, and so did not have the privileges of better returns and flexibility that come with freehold dwellings.

When questioned over council's intentions, Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington apologised for the "misleading staff letter" which had been sent to nine impact retirement villages and mobile home parks in the region following a council ratings review.

Among the recipients was Cooroy Village director Antony Wiesener, who believed he would ultimately be hit with an extra $974 each on all 68 units in the park, which he could "not absorb" and was entitled to on-charge under the Manufactured Home Estates Act.

Read the full story at the Sunshine Coast Daily


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