YOUR SAY - council rates subsidy and retirement villages

ARE you aware that whether or not you can take your local council rates subsidy with you into a retirement village depends entirely on which council area your retirement village is located? Vice President of the Association of  Qld Retirement Villages,  Michael Fairbairn explains:

"IN 2005 a private member's bill was introduced to the Queensland Parliament (Local Government (Approved Pensioners Rate Subsidy) Amendment Bill 2005).

This Bill was designed to eliminate the discriminatory application of the subsidy by denying the subsidy to retirees who had previously been able to claim the subsidy, losing it when they relocated to a retirement village.

The Bill was defeated 23-50 (see Hansard for August 19, 2005, pages 2319- 2325).

By reading the pages of Hansard the reader can form their own opinion on the reasons for it's not having passed and might care to reflect on the degree of concern that some members of parliament had for the section of the community that this association represents.

Many members of Queensland parliament who voted on the Bill are still serving members of Parliament.

All are listed on page 2325 of Hansard for July 19.

By reading this page you can establish which way your local MP voted and form a judgement on how much value your member of parliament places on you.

If you live in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Ipswich or the Lockyer Valley, among others, you can continue to claim this subsidy as those councils have chosen to permit the transfer of the subsidy.

At the time of writing, we were researching which other councils permit the transfer of this subsidy.

We have written to the Premier and several still serving MPs who voted for the bill asking that its intended outcome be revisited.

If you find that your council doesn't not allow you this transfer you might want to contact you mayor, local MP and/ or the Premier and express an opinion on how the State Government and local councils are treating their retired citizens?

- Michael Fairbairn,

Vice president,

Assoc of Residents of Qld

Retirement Villages

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