18 April 2016

Page 1

Frankston

...Don’t miss securing that wanted prope property p rty

& ASSOCIATES PTY LTD PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

Immediate access to Bond & Rent nt Move into that property now Fast prompt assistance Easy terms and conditions No upfront fees and charges Pre approval before finding a property We can assist with transfer off bonds between properties

ÌTax Returns Advisors ÌBusiness 21 Half Price ÌUnder ÌOn The Spot Tax Refunds

Basic, Business, Rental Properties

WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH IMMEDIATE ACCESS S TO BOND AND RENT T

Ph: 9769 6660

1300 554 470

An independent voice for the community

2-4 Chelsea Rd, Chelsea VIC 3196 Fax: 03 9776 2929 Email: info@bondassist.com.au

www.bondassist.com.au

Your weekly community newspaper covering Frankston, Frankston South, Karingal, Langwarrin and Seaford For all advertising and editorial needs, call 03

Lest we forget A NEW war memorial has been officially unveiled at Beauty Park and will be ready for Anzac Day commemoration services next week. See Page 6. Picture: Steve Brown

Shop 61 Station St Mall, Frankston

Open Evenings & Saturdays

FREE

5973 6424 or email: team@baysidenews.com.au www.baysidenews.com.au

Rates rise ‘surprise’ on its way Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au RATES notices due to hit letterboxes this year may contain a nasty surprise for some Frankston ratepayers. Some of the notices, the first to be sent out under the state government’s new rate cap policy, will slap some ratepayers with an annual rates rise of more than the Labor state government mandated 2.5 per cent limit based on the Consumer Price Index. Frankston Council mayor Cr James Dooley says while council cannot collect more than the 2.5 per cent rise limit across the board some ratepayers will face higher rate rises than others dependent on how much property prices have increased in specific areas of the municipality. “The rates cap is an aggregate figure across the board and some ratepayers could face increases of more than 2.5 per cent based on property values,” Cr Dooley said. The mayor said Frankston Council has avoided applying for an “exceptional circumstances” exemption to the rates cap for the 2016-17 financial year due to “prudent financial management” but he fears Frankston residents will start to complain about a lack of investment in facilities as the rates cap,

SAVE OVER

$700 On Sunrise Models* *Sunrise shown in Batick Cream on Wenge below.

Monday 18 April 2016

called the Fair Go Rates system by the government, begins to bite in future years. Cr Dooley said council will have to look closely at the services it provides in future to deal with the fiscal restraints imposed by the state government and the recent debate around possibly ending hard waste collections is the first sign services may have to be cut. Council was caught off-guard by a public backlash when it emerged money had not been allocated in council’s draft 2016-17 budget to drop the annual kerbside pick-up service. Financial provision for the hard waste collection to continue was quickly reinstated before the draft budget’s official release earlier this month but council is polling residents to give feedback on their preferred method of hard waste collection (‘Chance for say on hard waste’, The Times 11/4/16). Council number crunchers estimate the 2.5 per cent rate cap will create a $43 million shortfall in the city’s finances over the next five years. The capital works budget, used to maintain buildings and infrastructure, has been slashed by from $25.98 million to $15.38 million in the draft budget for the next financial year. Continued Page 6

imagine comfort Stressless® Sunrise recliners from $2,299

THE INNOVATORS OF COMFORT™

All Sunrise recliners are available in 3 sizes, for a perfect sit. Colour options: black, burgundy, mole, cream and latte Batick leather. Immediate delivery – while stocks last. Sunrise recliner shown in cream Batick leather

PLUS Selected Stressless

FLOORSTOCK CLEARANCE MADE IN NORWAY SINCE 1934

peninsula home 1128 - 1132 nepean hwy mornington vic 3931 phone 03 5973 4899 luducoliving.com.au

Making way for the new Stressless Global Collection