Council defends houseboat rates

June 2010 News
Renmark-Paringa Council in Australia has defended the operation of a marina at Lock Five after houseboat owners complained about rising rates.
Chief executive Barry Hurst says improved power supplies to some sites led to a $30 increase in the annual rate, as well a $60 rise from the new financial year.

He says the increases are modest and the sites still cost less than $2,000 per year.

"The reason for council's recent decision basically is to maintain its stand in relation to the fees," he said.

"We have to understand that it is a commercial operation and it's not something we believe the rest of the ratepayers in the district should be subsidising ... it should be self-funding."

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