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Freedom Camping

April 8 2019

I would love to know the Mayor and Councillors position on why, we should let the Freedom Campers enjoy our public spaces, have facilities supplied via Freedom Camping Hubs all curtsy of our rates and taxes yet avoid having to pay a bed tax? How are they going to facilitate bed tax payments from Air B&B, Bach hires etc. Why is that they are studiously avoiding any sort of extra targeted rates or comment on the big five activity operators who benefit from have their concessions on low fee paying council or government leasehold land and in the instance of one operator avoid having to pay any tax at all? Why are visitors and residents being forced to fork out millions of dollars to rejuvenate the town CBD when the major beneficiary of this will be the property owners, who in many instances are the same companies who as previously mentioned made their money to purchase these property’s via concessions on low fee paying council or government leasehold land. To date we have only had vague undertaking what the money is going to be spent on and I for one would hazard a guess that the number one priority will be a big new Council building on a piece of CBD property owned by you guessed it, one the big five activity providers who receive an exclusive don’t pay tax.

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