Anger at rego and fuel in Callide Dawson valleys

REGO REBELLION: Goovigen man David McLintock is one of many Queenslanders unhappy with the recent steep rises in car registration.
REGO REBELLION: Goovigen man David McLintock is one of many Queenslanders unhappy with the recent steep rises in car registration.

NOT happy Anna - that is the message many Callide and Dawson residents, who are upset with rising vehicle registration and fuel costs, want to send to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

With a large deficit in the State Budget, the Government increased registration and removed the eight-cents per litre fuel subsidy.

Biloela feedlot owner Kathy Alsop said she recently received renewal for one of their four-wheel drives and the rego part had risen 24%.

Mrs Alsop, who along with her husband and son run a farming and contracting business, have 14 vehicles to register, among them three four wheel drives, three tractors, two bikes, a box trailer, and a truck.

“Some only go on road very occasionally - the box trailer has gone on road twice in four years - but we do the 'right thing' and register it,” Mrs Alsop said.

“The extra tax on fuel and regos increases overheads in the rural industry, so it must impact on food and put up the cost of living,” she said.

Biloela farmer Darren Jensen said he pays 19 registrations.

“I wish I could pass the increase on to those who voted for Captain Bligh,” Mr Jensen said.

Goovigen resident David McLintock, who paid over $1400 to register his two Toyotas, one a Wagon four-wheel drive and the other a one ton utility four wheel drive, blasted the Government for the rises.

“This government is a disgrace. Has there ever been a Labor government that hasn't sent their state/country broke?

“I don't think so and now we are all paying the cost.”

Last week in State Parliament, Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Transport, Fiona Simpson tabled an e-petition signed by more than 100,000 Queenslanders against the registration rises.

Theodore resident Jenny Sams said Fiona Simpson did not seem to realise that 1000 people come to Queensland every week.

“No one wants to leave Queensland after they have come to live here, so the answer is we put up with the dearer costs so that more infrastructure can be built to service another 50,000 people that arrive here every year.

“The Minister ... needs to think about what she is saying, governments cannot wave a magic wand as much as they would like to,” Ms Sams said.

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