Benevolent Aged Care.
Benevolent Aged Care. Stephen J Vit

Development fees slashed for aged care facility

BENEVOLENT Aged Care will be given a 75% reduction on infrastructure charges, with Rockhampton Regional Council voting against the development incentive policy framework.

Councillors were last week split by discussions on the request in the planning and regulatory committee meeting, something which continued in today's general council meeting.

Councillors Cherie Rutherford and Neil Fisher both voiced their support for the major site extension at the aged care facility, but said they believed it was vital to make decisions consistent with the policy which allowed for a 50% discount.

Read about the major three-storey extension to Benevolent Aged Care here

"We have one of the most generous incentives as far as encouraging and supporting development," Cr Fisher said.

Both said they supported the 50% discount for the development.

 

Proposed extension to Benevolent Aged Care in Rockhampton.
Proposed extension to Benevolent Aged Care in Rockhampton. Contributed

Councillor Tony Williams supported the 75% discount, saying it wasn't unreasonable given the policy was due to expire in December.

But he said council should consider a firmer framework around extra discounts if it were to be extended.

The 75% reduction was carried, despite Cr Rutherford and Cr Fisher voting against it.