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Rates down for some

Rates down for some

By Chris Oldfield
AT LEAST 749 properties will receive a decrease in council rates under a proposal by Naracoorte Lucindale Council’s administration. The decrease is included in a breakdown of the average 5.8 percent rate hike included in council’s draft 2024-25 Business Plan and Budget.
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Mixed reaction to rate hike

By Chris Oldfield
Elected members have had a mixed reaction to a business plan and budget prepared by Naracoorte Lucindale Council’s management team. A shock 5.8 percent rate hike is included in the 53 page document unveiled at a special May 1 council meeting.
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Waste plan dumped

By Nasik Swami
The establishment of a materials recovery facility (MRF) by the Limestone Coast Local Government Association (LCLGA) in the South East has been put on hold. The LCLGA made this decision after already spending $50,000 on the initial consultancy work for the project.
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Dirt roads

By Nasik Swami
Serious concerns are being raised about the deteriorating condition of our dirt roads and the Naracoorte Lucindale Council’s ability to maintain them. The News visited some of the dirt roads in Naracoorte to see for itself their deteriorating conditions. Some of the dirt roads lack constant patrol grading and are riddled with
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Elected rep wants catering

By Nasik Swami
WHILE many in the country struggle to put food on the table, an elected member of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council has a different demand.  Cr Tom Dennis wants the council to provide catering for meetings held outside the chambers. 
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Policy under spotlight

By Nasik Swami
The Naracoorte Lucindale Council’s revised Public Consultation and Community Engagement Policy has come under the spotlight. The policy was up for debate at the council’s April 23 meeting. Cr Abigail Goodman requested that the council defer the adaptation of the policy, which was an important document that incorporated public feedback on important decisions.
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Vital tourism

By Nasik Swami
Is Naracoorte-Lucindale District a competitive tourism destination, and are we doing enough to leverage from the region’s visitor economy? Tourism is critical to the region’s growth. And many would say that the sector is crucial in offering townships like ours incredible opportunities for growing jobs, keeping businesses in operation, and sustaining communities.
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Mixed reaction to rate hike

Govt offers vacant block to NLC

By Chris Oldfield
A NEW Naracoorte Police Station and a Region 5 CFS Headquarters located at 31 Smith St would be better than the property being sold by the SA Government. That was the suggestion of Naracoorte Lucindale Council CEO Trevor Smart in a report to the council’s February 27 meeting.
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Janz Park debate

Janz Park debate

By Nasik Swami
The Naracoorte-Lucindale Council has voted against an opportunity to develop the Janz Street Reserve for residential purposes through partial state government funding. In its March meeting, council was informed by CEO Trevor Smart that the Office for Regional Housing has launched a new $10million Regional Housing Initiatives Program.
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Janz Park debate

Debt-ridden properties

By Nasik Swami
Three debt-ridden properties in the district were auctioned by the Naracoorte-Lucindale Council last week to recoup unpaid rates and legal costs of up to $100,000. The council says it had to put the properties under the hammer as it had exhausted all other options to recover the debts.
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NLC rules out $35m sports hub

NLC rules out $35m sports hub

By Nasik Swami
A $35million sporting hub reliant on ratepayer cash has been officially ruled out by the Naracoorte- Lucindale Council. The council decided in its March meeting to handball the “project lead” back to the sporting clubs involved.
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Janz Park debate

North Parklands survey on hold

By Chris Oldfield
TO avoid possible duplication, no ratepayer cash will be spent on a biodiversity survey of Naracoorte’s North Parklands “until further notice” following an 8-2 vote. Instead, Naracoorte Lucindale Council will have workshops to decide what to do with the parklands, particularly the pines which will soon be due for harvesting.
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