INTO JETTY TAXES A BIG WIN FOR WATERFRONT
inequitable system for establishing taxes for waterfront residences
that use a
jetty has led to the NSW Audit Office announcing an inquiry into the
Following prompting from Pittwater MP Rob Stokes and Manly MP Mike
have hundreds of people in their electorates that rely on jetties to
their properties, the audit will investigate serious flaws in the
imposes huge fees on waterfront residents, even when the only access to
homes is across water.
The dispute has been raging for years with residents threatening a
civil disobedience and withholding payment of the fees. Jetty fees in
range from $3.74 per square metre to as high as $40.18 per square
in Middle Harbour, fees vary from $6.38 per square metre up to $68.95
square metre, Mr Stokes said.
“To make matters even more complex, different charges apply to
administered by NSW Maritime, such as Middle Harbour, and areas
the Department of Lands, including Pittwater,” Mr Stokes said.
about people in places like Scotland Island and the
River, who have no way to get home except across the water? No one
charges to travel across public land using their driveway. Why should
water-access-only residents be treated any differently?”
He said all the residents he had spoken to were happy to pay an
but the haphazard pricing structure had to be amended.
Mr Baird said he had received numerous complaints about the issue and
it demonstrated “lack of transparency and complete lack of logic”.
to the NSW Audit Office must be received by December 24
should be addressed to: Chris Bowdler, Performance Audit Leader, The
Office of New South Wales, Level 15, 1 Margaret St, Sydney, GPO Box 12,
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