State Emergency Management Levy incorporated in 2013-14 rates notice.

From 1st January 2014 the State Government is increasing and broadening the coverage of the Urban Fire Levy (UFL) to insure a sustainable funding base for emergency services recognising that all Queenslanders are at risk from possible floods, cyclones, storms fire and accidents. Previously rural residents were not levied. The levy will be known as the Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue Levy (EMFRL) and will be applied to all prescribed properties, i.e. every property within Queensland that is a “prescribed property” within the Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990, attracts the EMFRL.

As a Local Government, Barcoo Shire Council has a legal obligation under the Fire and Rescue Service Regulation 2011 to collect annual Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue (EMFR) levies on behalf of the Queensland Government.

The establishment of the new ‘E Class’ levy has 16 groups on which properties are levied. However Barcoo shire only has properties to group 10. The Fire and Rescue Service Regulation 2011 which introduces the ’E Class’ levy has recently been revised to cap the ’E Class’ levy at a Group 6. ($657.80 for the period 1st January to 30th June 2014)

GROUP

EXAMPLES

CLASS E

ANNUAL LEVY

CLASS E

1/1/2014 TO 30/6/2014

1

Vacant   Lot

$22.80

$11.40

2

House,   Rural Farm

$90.20

$45.10

3

Church,   Hall, Library

$220.40

$110.20

4

Hotel,   Motel < than 2 levels

$444.80

$222.40

5

Airfield,   Showgrounds, Racecourse

$731.00

$365.50

6

Industry-light,   service or offensive ( gross floor area of 2001-3000m2)

$1315.60

$657.80

7

Hospital   < 50 beds

$1315.60

$657.80

8

Industry   – extractive (10001-15000m2)

$1315.60

$657.80

9

Hotel   5-6 levels

$1315.60

$657.80

10

Industry   –heavy (gross floor area of 3001-7500m2)

$1315.60

$657.80

Barcoo Shire Council ratepayers will see the EMFR levy incorporated in their 2013-14 rates notice. The levy will be shown as State Government Emergency Service Levy and will appear on all future rates notices.

A full list of 2013-2014 levy amounts are contained in the Fire and Rescue Service Regulation 2011.For more information or assistance with your rates notice, contact Council on 07 46586900.

For more information on State Fire Levy visit Website www.fire.qld.gov.au

Robert O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

CHANGE OF MEETING VENUE

NOTICE is hereby given that the General Meeting previously advertised as being held on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at the Community Centre, Edward Street, Windorah, will now be held at the Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Jundah.

The General Meeting previously advertised as being held on Friday, 13 December 2013 at the Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Jundah, will now be held at the Community Centre, Edward Street, Windorah.

Robert O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer

As most of us are aware, currently community liquor permits (CLPs) are required by unlicensed organisations who wish to sell or supply liquor on a temporary or one-off occasion. From the 1st July these regulations will change to the following:

Liquor licensing changes affecting the community

  • From 1 July, non-profit community organisations will no longer need a Community Liquor Permit to sell alcohol at a one-off fundraising event or function if:

- the profit is used to benefit the community

- liquor is sold in a period of 8 hours or less, between 7am and midnight; and

- the sale of liquor is ancillary to the event.

  • In addition a limited number of events such as small regional shows will be exempted by regulation from the need to have a Community Liquor Permit.

Community Liquor Permits will still be required for events that don't fit the new criteria. A full outline of the exemption criteria can be found in section 13 of the Liquor Act 1992.

  • From 1 July, Queensland nursing homes and hospitals will be able to serve patients/residents and their guests two standard serves of alcohol a day without needing a liquor licence. This will bring regulation of these premises into line with retirement villages.