AgForce urging landholders to challenge land valuation hikes

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

The Valuer General released new valuations on Wednesday in the following 25 local government areas: Balonne, Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Bulloo, Burdekin, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Cook, Diamantina, Gladstone, Gympie, Isaac, Longreach, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Somerset, Southern Downs, Tablelands, Toowoomba, Western Downs and Whitsunday.

Some of the largest rises in primary production have taken place at Diamantina 155%, Bulloo 128%, Quilpie 108%, Central Highlands 100%, Issac 97%, Charters Towers 97%, Balonne 89%, Murweh 85%, and Barcoo 82%.

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said objections must be lodged with the Valuer-General by 31 May 2021.

“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,” Mr Guerin said.

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