AgForce urges landholders to challenge land valuation hikes 17 March

AgForce is urging Queensland landholders not to delay if they want to object to new land valuations – or risk being lumped with higher council rates and land rent.

The Valuer-General has today issued land valuations for 24 local government areas in Queensland – Balonne, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Brisbane, Burdekin, Cloncurry, Flinders, Gladstone, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Maranoa, McKinlay, Mount Isa, Noosa, Richmond, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Tablelands, Weipa, and Western Downs.

The valuations reflect land values as at 1 October 2022, and are effective from 30 June 2023.

Some of the highest rises are in Mount Isa (301 per cent), Cloncurry (290 per cent), McKinlay (178 per cent), Richmond (168 per cent), and Flinders (158 per cent).

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said the time for landholders to speak up was now, with objections needing to be lodged with the Valuer-General by 16 May 2023.

“Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it’s important the figures are right,” he said.

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