MINNIE?S BIG BLOW
By ADRIAN MILLER
A GRAFTON woman, among the first to own property at Minnie Water four decades ago, has received a gargantuan New South Wales land tax bill. Bertha 'Dolly' Browne, who owns a fibro holiday shack at Minnie Water, has received a bill worth $7500 after her home was valued at $880,000 in a recent valuation review by the NSW Valuer-General. Mrs Browne, a self-funded retiree, said the tax was an outrage because it was punishing people who had worked hard to provide themselves with some holiday comfort. "My husband and I built it so we'd have a little place where we could have family gatherings at the beach, but now it's going to be a hindrance to me." Mrs Browne and her late husband were among the first people to own property in the area when the State Government opened up the land more than 40 years ago. Mrs Browne, who lives in Grafton, can avoid paying the tax if she moves into the shack, but said that was not an option due to her age and the lack of facilities at Minnie Water. She said other properties similar to her's had received just as high valuations. "It's putting the little village down there into a very funny position and it'll spoil Minnie Water altogether," she said. "It'll cost $9000 a year for me just to keep because of tax, insurance and rates, and that's just to hold onto it." Mrs Browne said the valuations had to be reconsidered to take into account the lack of facilities in Minnie Water. "We haven't got septic, or anything down there. These land people are putting the big prices on just for a view of the sea," she said.