Mildura Weekly : Friday April 2 2015 Vol 9 No 21
NEWS 03 FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU MILDURA City board members and Mildura Rural City Council chief executive Gerard José have met for the first time since Coun- cillors last week voted against the introduction of a new Special Rate in the central business district. The meeting on Monday fol- lowed a tumultuous period for city traders after it was revealed early last week that Council wasn’t likely to give the new rate the green light at last Thursday’s monthly meeting. The revelation led to a pro- test in the Langtree Mall, where Mildura City chair Kirsten Lloyd called for traders who hadn’t sup- ported the rate to re-think their decision, while reinforc- ing the value of the rate, which funds management and marketing of the CBD. CBD busi- nesses have paid a differen- tial rate on top of their Council rates for almost 15 years, which was this year set to change to a Special Rate. The change, which included a proposed expansion of the boundaries to which the Spe- cial Rate would apply, following a Mildura Council decision last year, “that the Langtree Mall and City Heart differentials are re- moved in favour of establishing a special rate in 2015/2016, and as part of that process, the boundar- ies to which the special rate is ap- plied be reviewed.” A report to councilors at the time explained that the key driver behind changing away from the differential rate was the need to comply with State Government requirements relating to differen- tial rates. CBD traders were surveyed in a bid to gauge their support for the new Special Rate, which re- sulted in the majority, about 80 percent, supporting the rate. However, Council’s legal advice indicated it would be ex- posed to sig- nificant legal costs if traders opposed to the rate appealed it in the Victorian Civil and Adminis- trative Tribunal. The report also indicat- ed that if an appeal was successful under certain circumstances, the entire rate would be abolished anyway. It was suggested in last week’s report to Council that a Cham- ber of Commerce be a possible replacement for Mildura City, which Mrs Lloyd said would not be effective as traders could easily opt out, bringing into question the fairness of such a model. While Councillors last week voted against the introduction of the Special Rate, they amended the recommendation, removing reference to the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce. The successful motion was that Council: - Resolve not to support the introduction of a Mildura City Heart Special Rate. - Commit to working with the Mildura City Heart Committee to conclude activities under the cur- rent differential rate. - To acknowledge the positive work of the Mildura City Heart Board and support them to devel- op a strategy for their continued operation. A meeting with Council this week signified the first steps in de- veloping this strategy, which Mr José described as “very positive” and “constructive” this week. “Council with met several members of the Mildura City Heart’s board yesterday (Monday) and had a very positive, construc- tive and productive first meeting,” he said. “Both parties are commit- ted to seeing a vibrant CBD and we think it’s important for the whole Mildura community to take ownership of this great part of our city – it’s not solely owned by Council, by Mildura City Heart or by the retailers and businesses within the precinct. It’s a com- munity asset and as such, requires the whole community to support it and have input into its future. Mr José said Council would now seek feedback from the Mil- dura City board in terms of its current operations and future needs. “The next step is for the MCH board to review their current op- erations and plans for the next financial year and then to come back to us with their draft propos- al for moving forward,” he said. “We are committed to seeing the CBD continue to grow and to be prosperous now and into the future.” First tentative steps taken in new CBD future • NOT HAPPY: Last week’s decision by Council sparked widespread anger among Mildura City traders who protested in the Langtree Mall, and INSET, Mildura Rural City Council chief executive, Gerard José. ing the value of the rate, which funds management and 15 years, which was this year set to change to a Special Council’s legal advice indicated it would be ex- posed to sig- nificant legal costs if traders opposed to the rate appealed it in the Victorian Civil and Adminis- trative Tribunal. 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