New councillors block secretive rates rise

A SECRETIVE bid to raise shire rates was derailed last month when the attempt failed to gain absolute majority support in council.

New Crs Bill Manning, Craig Brook and Ben Bell voted against a proposed 0.9 per cent rates increase, which was passed 4-3.

However, it failed to gain a required absolute majority of more than half the council’s nine members in the absence of Shire President Brian Rayner and Cr Paula Greenway at the monthly council meeting.

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