RateGate campaign to tackle regional rates issue

A petition, delegation to Melbourne and stakeholder action team are among the measures being undertaken in a new campaign to highlight the unfair rates system in Victoria.

Member for Mildura Ali Cupper has launched RateGate which will engage the community as she continues her push for the Victorian Government to introduce permanent, structural reform to address the scandalous disparity between the cost of regional and metropolitan rates.

“We want to engage as many people as possible in this campaign so that the Government can be in no doubt as to how unfair and inequitable the current system is. As we learned with the Hospital campaign, Governments take notice when communities are strong and united,” Ms Cupper said.

The Regional Stakeholder Engagement Team (ReSET) will include representatives from the four councils in the Mildura electorate as well as other business, industry and community members.

“A petition has also been launched asking the Government to take action to address the imbalance in the capacity of rural councils to service their communities and lessening the sustainable difference between rural and metropolitan councils.

“I would urge everyone to get on board and have their say by signing the petition.

“We will be planning to bring a delegation to Melbourne to present the petition to the Government.”

To sign the petition go to: www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-e-petitions/details/12/303

Ms Cupper’s push for rate reform has been supercharged by the Reason Coalition with Fiona Patten.

“The Reason Coalition gives us the ability, through Fiona in the Legislative Council, to table the online petition in the Upper House,” Ms Cupper said.

Ms Patten and Ms Cupper met with Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane again this week to discuss the issue.

“It was a very positive meeting and there’s no doubt the Government is well aware of the inequities of the current system – and is looking for ways to fix them,” Ms Cupper said.

“There are a number of different structural changes that can be made with regards to funding streams for local governments and we will continue to work with the Government to get the change we deserve.”

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