City of Greater Geraldton extends rifle club rates rebate another 5 years

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
City of Greater Geraldton council office.
Camera IconCity of Greater Geraldton council office. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

The Geraldton-Greenough Rifle Club will continue to receive an annual donation from the City of Greater Geraldton as a way to reimburse the club’s rates on its properties on McCartney Road.

During last week’s council meeting, councillors voted 14-1 in favour of granting the donation of about $4700 for another five years.

Cr Michael Reymond moved the motion and said the donation was in lieu of the rates.

“This will bring them the same treatment we give to other sporting clubs,” he said.

The rates waiver has occurred since 1992, when the WA Rifle Association purchased the land and transferred two parcels of land to the former Shire of Greenough.

According to briefing notes, the former Shire agreed to waive rates on the land in exchange for the transfer, which was valued at more than $100,000.

Cr Tarleah Thomas voted against the motion.

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