Rates and charges

Your rates notices are made up of various charges and levies.

Please see the information below to find out more. 

General rates

Council has adopted a differential rating strategy for the 2020-2021 financial year. A differential system of rates provides equity for ratepayers through recognising the level of services required, current use or potential use of the property, and the financial impact on all ratepayers within the region.

The rating categories to which rateable land is categorised and levied accordingly, is delegated to the CEO and will be determined on one or more of the following criteria:

  • The value of land, as determined by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy;
  • primary land use;
  • land zoning as defined in Council’s current Planning Scheme;
  • location within the region;
  • availability of services; and/or
  • the consumption of services. 

Categorisation of land for differential general rate:

Your land has been identified by the Gympie Regional Council as being in the category as stated on the front of your rate notice.

You have the right to object to this categorisation of the land by written notice to the Chief Executive Officer, Gympie Regional Council within 30 days of the issue of the rate notice. The sole basis on which you (the owner) may object is that the land should have been included in another category as at the date of issue of the rate notice. The lodgement of an objection does not, in the meantime, affect the levy and recovery of rates. Should your objection be upheld and the category amended then an adjustment will be made.

Objection to Rate Categorisation Form

Category maps

Printed maps are available for viewing at the Town Hall and the  libraries during operating hours.

Minimum general rates

Council will levy a minimum rate in all categories that takes into account the cost of providing common services which are provided to every ratepayer as well as general administration costs.

Interest on arrears

Interest at the rate of 8.53% per annum will compound on all amounts outstanding 60 days after the due date.

Sewerage program charges

(Section 99 of the Local Government Regulation 2012)

Sewerage charge

(No discount applicable)

This charge applies to properties that are connected to, or have the possibility of being connected to, the sewage network system within defined sewered areas. 

Unit rate: $85.30 p.a. based on applicable units as per following schedule.

Units Description
8* Private Residence, Home Unit - unlimited pedestals
8* Residential Unit/Flat - per unit/flat
8* Vacant allotments capable of being sewered per valued assessment
8 Commercial Premises - 1st Pedestal
6 Commercial Premises - Each additional pedestal/urinal
8 Government and Semi-Government Premises - per pedestal/urinal
8 Church Properties - 1st pedestal
4 Church Properties - Each additional pedestal/urinal
8 Motels - First pedestal
6 Motels - Each additional pedestal/urinal
8 Caravan Park - 1st Pedestal
6 Caravan Park - Each additional pedestal/urinal

*8 units equates to 1 charge at $682.40 p.a.

Water supply program charges

(Section 99 of the Local Government Regulation 2012)

Water access charges

(No discount applicable)

This charge applies to properties that are connected to, or have the possibility of being connected to, the water network system within the defined reticulated water areas. 

  • Residential - $387.50 p.a. (per valued assessment or metered service, whichever is greater)
  • Residential unit/flat - $387.50 p.a. (per unit/flat or metered service, whichever is the greater)
  • Vacant land not connected - $387.50 p.a. (per valued assessment)
  • Vacant land connected with no habitable building - $387.50 p.a. (per valued assessment or metered service, whichever is greater)
  • Residential properties and vacant land identified as being part of Kingfisher Rise Estate Constant Flow Water Supply Scheme - $290.60 p.a. (per valued assessment or metered services, whichever is greater)
  • All other properties - $426.30 p.a. (per valued assessment or metered service, whichever is greater).

Water consumption charges 

(No discount applicable)

This charge is a per kilolitre consumption charge for any property that has a water meter connected to it.

  • 1st Tier (up to 250kl) – $1.26/kl
  • 2nd Tier (after 250kl) – $2.26/kl

Meters are read six monthly and consumption charges are invoiced on next issue of rate notice.

Separate charges

(Section 103 of the Local Government Regulation 2012)

Economic Development Levy 

(No discount applicable)

This levy funds projects of economic development significance and contributes to projects and strategies that enhance the region's economy.

A separate charge of $68.20 per rateable assessment (excluding forestry, mining & special leases, occupation & stock permits).

Roads Infrastructure Charge 

(No discount applicable)

This charges contributes to the funding of maintenance, renewal and depreciation costs of Council's road infrastructure network in the region. 

A separate charge of $120.70 per rateable assessment (excluding forestry, mining & special leases, occupation & stock permits).

Environment Levy 

(No discount applicable)

This levy is allocated to major initiatives, projects, grants, incentives and partnership with environmental groups.

A separate charge of $38.50 per rateable assessment (excluding forestry, mining & special leases, occupation & stock permits).

Special charges

(Section 94 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 and Sections 106 and 128A of the Fire and  Emergency Services Act 1990)

Rural Fire Levy 

(No discount applicable)

This levy applies to all rateable properties not in an urban fire area, and the funds are allocated to our rural fire bridges.

The amount of $25.00 applies to all rateable properties not situated in the urban fire district.

Moy Pocket Road Maintenance Charge 

(No discount applicable)

Moy Pocket Road Maintenance Charge in the amount of $150,384.00 applies to rateable land described as Lot 4 on Registered Plan 159242, Lot 2 on Registered Plan 187563 and Lot 1 on Survey Plan 221900, Parish of Brooloo, County of March to fund the cost of road maintenance on Moy Pocket Road.

Waste charges

(Section 99 of the Local Government Regulation 2012)

Waste Management Operational Charge – Manumbar

A waste management operational charge of $240.10 per annum applies for the provision of bulk rural bins to selected assessments in the Manumbar area.

Waste collection region-wide, excluding Rainbow Beach Township 

(No discount applicable.)

  • Domestic (once weekly for non-recyclable and once fortnightly for recyclable services) Charge per annum 240 litre dual wheelie bins - $301.00
  • Domestic (once weekly for non-recyclable and once fortnightly for recyclable services) Charge per annum 140 litre dual wheelie bins & 240 litre recycle wheelie bins - $262.30
  • Domestic (bin bank) Service - charge per annum 240 litre dual wheelie bins - $247.40
  • Additional Waste Only Service – Domestic (once fortnightly) Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $198.80
  • Additional Waste Only Service – Domestic (once fortnightly) Charge per annum 140 litre wheelie bin - $174.10
  • Additional Recycling Service – Domestic (once fortnightly) Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $88.10
  • Commercial (once weekly for non-recyclable & once fortnightly for recyclable services) - Charge per annum 240 litre dual wheelie bins - $416.10
  • Additional Waste Only Service - Commercial (weekly) - Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $290.50
  • Additional Recycling Service – Commercial (once fortnightly) - Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $117.40

Waste collection, Rainbow Beach Township

 (No discount applicable.)

  • Domestic (once weekly for non-recyclable and once fortnightly for recyclable services) Charge per annum 240 litre dual wheelie bins - $370.50
  • Domestic (once weekly for non-recyclable and once fortnightly for recyclable services) Charge per annum 140 litre dual wheelie bins & 240 litre recycle wheelie bins - $305.70
  • Additional Waste Only Service – Domestic (once fortnightly) Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $244.70
  • Additional Waste Only Service – Domestic (once fortnightly) Charge per annum 140 litre wheelie bin - $214.30
  • Additional Recycling Service – Domestic (once fortnightly) Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $108.40
  • Commercial (once weekly for non-recyclable & once fortnightly for recyclable services) - Charge per annum 240 litre dual wheelie bins - $512.10
  • Additional Waste Only Service - Commercial (weekly) - Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $357.50
  • Additional Recycling Service – Commercial (once fortnightly) - Charge per annum 240 litre wheelie bin - $144.50

N.B. - (Annual charge includes a weekly service each Monday, throughout the year, plus additional service on each week during school holiday periods, making a total of 64 services per annum and a recyclable bin service fortnightly).

Emergency Management Levy

Emergency Management Levy 

(State Government Charge, no discount applicable)

This levy contributes to funding emergency management and fire and rescue services. This also includes vehicle entrapment, flood rescue, and search and rescues. 

Vacant Land

  • Gympie/Southside - $61.80
  • All other areas - $27.40

Residence

  • Gympie/Southside - $226.00
  • All other areas - $110.60

Discounts

Discounts

  • Discount of 10% on General Rate only for payment of the current half yearly levy has been calculated and shown on the rate notice and will be allowed, provided the applicable amount due is received by Council on or before the due date.
  • If you are mailing your payment, please ensure you allow sufficient time to reach Council before the last day of discount.
  • Payments received in the mail after the discount expiry date do not qualify for the discount

** Please note if your property is your principal place of residence and you are the holder of a Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink, or the Department of Veteran Affairs or a holder of a Queensland Repatriation Health Card for all conditions (Gold Card) please visit the below link for further information on additional discounts you may be eligible for on your rates.  https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/pensioner-concessions