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 2021-2022 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 Resourcesy;
  • 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 8.03% per annum will compound on all amounts outstanding 30 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: $87.50 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 $700.00 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) – $1.34/kl
  • 2nd Tier (after 250kl) – $2.39/kl

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

Special charges

 

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.

State Government Waste Levy

A waste levy of $48.62 per annum applies to all commercially rated properties.

Waste charges

(Section 99 of the Local Government Regulation 2012)

Waste Management Operational Charge – Manumbar

A waste management operational charge of $247.40 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 - $62.80
  • All other areas - $27.80

Residence

  • Gympie/Southside - $229.80
  • All other areas - $112.40

Discounts

Discounts

  • Discount of 5% for the below rating categories is applicable on the General Rate only, provided the applicable amount due is received by Council on or before the due date

5% Discount Amount

 

Differential rating categories

21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 51, 52, 53, 54, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 93, 95 & 96

  • Discount of $2,000 per annum for the below rating categories is applicable, provided the applicable amount due is received by Council on or before the due date

$2,000 per annum (i.e. $1,000 half yearly) Discount Amount

Differential rating categories

89,91,92,94,97 & 98

  • 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