Council to overhaul fees and charges

By TOBY WALKER

CLARENCE VALLEY residents who pay to use council services and amenities will see their costs rise when the Clarence Valley Council effects a five per cent increase on many of its fees and charges from July 1.

Whether it be an extra 60 cents on the hire charge for a tennis court in Yamba, or $20 more to film on council land, many of the fees and charges will attract the increase.

But in its bid to raise fees in areas like planning, environment and corporate services, council has opted to keep many of its development related charges the same.

Small increases for things like hall hire and accommo- dation at caravan parks across the Valley have allowed for some decreases to other services provided by council.

Flat fees for domestic assistance and garden maintenance for the disabled and elderly, which last year was $44 for each person, have been scrapped in favour of making the fees negotiable.

Council has also found new ways to raise money through fees by charging for catering and the hire of equipment like whiteboards and projectors to parties using the Grafton Community Centre.

But students frantically rushing to get copies of notes come exam time will be pleased to hear the fees for photocopies at council's li- braries will go down.



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