TIMELINE: APLNG to take council to court over 'rates hike'
CURTIS Island gas company APLNG might have paid their rates bill, but they weren't happy about it.
Fresh documents filed in Brisbane Supreme Court show APLNG has no intention of backing down on its objection to Gladstone Regional Council's latest 'rates hike' detailed in the last budget.
Since it began exporting gas in January, APLNG has been charged $2,309,113.36 in rates which it paid on March 31.
But the latest court documents, filed just days after, show the gas giant has again objected to the new rating categories saying the council has taken projected profits and its capacity to pay into account.
The company is arguing that the new rating categories applying specifically to the gas plants are "an improper use of power" and "an error of law".
"In making the decision, (the council) took into account irrelevant considerations, namely: the profitability or potential profitability of the APLNG Project….," part of the court document reads.
The documents also say the rate of 77.490c in the dollar is "inconsistent with the general principles of fairness and equity" given it is six times more than any other industrial rating category.
In a statement, APLNG said the latest application reflects its "right to seek an independent review by the Supreme Court".
"APLNG supports the full payment of council rates which are based on the requirements of applicable law and levied in a manner that is fair and equitable to all ratepayers," an APLNG spokeswoman said.
The Observer understands the council is still discussing the rates increase outside of the courts and will meet with all three gas companies next week.
Despite two separate applications from APLNG, and one from QCLNG being filed with the Supreme Court, the council is yet to be served with any court documents from either company.
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