AgForce urging landholders to challenge land valuation hikes

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AgForce is warning landholders throughout Queensland not to delay if they want to object to their new land valuations – or risk being lumped with higher council rates and rent.

The Valuer General released new valuations on Wednesday in the following 25 local government areas: Balonne, Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Bulloo, Burdekin, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Cook, Diamantina, Gladstone, Gympie, Isaac, Longreach, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Somerset, Southern Downs, Tablelands, Toowoomba, Western Downs and Whitsunday.

Some of the largest rises in primary production have taken place at Diamantina 155%, Bulloo 128%, Quilpie 108%, Central Highlands 100%, Issac 97%, Charters Towers 97%, Balonne 89%, Murweh 85%, and Barcoo 82%.

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said objections must be lodged with the Valuer-General by 31 May 2021.

“Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it’s important the figures are right,” Mr Guerin said.

“In recent years, AgForce has assisted many members secure significant reductions in valuations, resulting in large savings, and once again we are ready to assist with our free workshops to help Members assess their valuations and find out more about the objection process.

“AgForce has also prepared a property map for each Member property potentially affected by this year's valuations.”

AgForce’s valuer John Moore said responsibility for ensuring values were correct lay with landowners, not local governments.

“Unimproved values are done by mass appraisal, meaning your property isn’t individually valued so errors can occur,” Mr Moore said.

“It’s important you object to your new valuation if you believe the unimproved value is too high, because it could result in large savings in rates or rent.

“But you only have until the end of May to do so, so I urge landowners to begin the process today.”

AgForce members can register their interest in attending a local valuation workshop at http://web.agforceqld.org.au/cn/apjnk/landval-eoi and can contact AgForce on 07 3236 3100.

Landowners who disagree with their valuation and are able to provide supporting information can lodge their objection (www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/valuation/objections/lodge-objections) online or at the address shown at the top of their valuation notice by 31 May 2021.

If you don’t have internet access, call 1300 664 217 to request an objection kit.

Specific information on market movements in the 25 local government areas revalued in 2021 can be found on the land valuations website (www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/valuation/market-reports).

 
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