PDSLSC fights for survival against rates charges
Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club is fighting for its financial survival against a massive $11,000 rates bill. Despite being given a $4000 reprieve, the club is still expected to pay $11,000 for the year 2010/11. The club cannot possibly come up with that sort of cash without dipping in to building funds, said club officials. Division 10 councillor Julia Leu said the rates bill was a huge impost on a small community sports club, and unrealistic for the club to pay such an amount. Under Douglas Shire Council the club paid less than $2000 per annum. Club officials are not looking forward to an annual fight with the council against these huge and unsustainable charges.