Emergency levy for not-for-profits under review

SLUGGING community and not-for-profit organisations with the $110.20 emergency levy on their rates notices is under review.

Nicklin MP Peter Wellington questioned why such organisations on the Sunshine Coast should have to pay the new emergency management and fire rescue tax.

The independent member, during Question Time in Queensland Parliament on Tuesday, said the majority of people using those community facilities already paid the tax on their own household rates notices.

Premier Campbell Newman said his government was considering removing the new levy from such organisations.

"The levy is required to make sure that wherever you are in Queensland you get professional and timely support in a time of emergency," he said.

"Whether it be the swift water rescue folk from the Queensland fire service, whether it be the emergency services helicopter that plucks you off a rooftop in the north Bundaberg area, whether it be the command and control centre manned by the skilled professionals who plan those operations, that support needs to be there and it needs to be funded.

"On this particular issue, it has been about user pays.

"In relation to the nub of the question, I think that the member makes a good point and, indeed, it is something that we are looking at."


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