Kerri Moore

Mackay Regional Council appeals Supreme Court rates judgment

The Mackay Regional Council will appeal the Supreme Court judgment that determined that the council's decision to impose differential rates on non-owner occupied residential property was invalid.

Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam said the decision not only jeopardised the differential general rating capabilities of the Mackay Regional Council, but had far reaching implications for many other Queensland councils.

"Many councils presently use the differential rating power to categorise residential land based on whether it is used as a principal place of residence, or for investment purposes,'' Mr Hallam said.

"The court's decision needs to be appealed to properly test the limits of the differential rating power in this regard.''