New TRC policy guides deferral of infrastructure charges for not-for-profit community, health organisations

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has approved a new policy to guide the deferral of infrastructure charges for not-for-profit/charitable community and health organisations.

TRC Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan said the Deferral of Infrastructure Charges for Public Benevolent Institutions, Health Promotion Charities and Community Organisations Policy would be effective for two years, starting on February 1, 2021.

Cr O’Hara Sullivan said the policy, that was approved at the January Ordinary Meeting of Council (January 19), would provide greater clarity for applicants and Council in relation to requests for the deferral of infrastructure charges.

“Council now has a clear policy for these specific uses that will offer a consistent approach and equitable framework for determining requests for waivers or deferrals of infrastructure charges that Council levies,” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.

“Previously, the decisions were based on an established precedent in relation to the not-for-profit/charitable sector. The intent of these historic decisions has been captured in the new policy to ensure Council achieves its outcomes to deliver trunk infrastructure.

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