26 September 2023

Flood victims urged to check land re-values

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The Department of Resources has urged flood-affected property owners to appeal their land valuations, especially if their properties were flooded for the first time in February.

Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart said details of how to lodge the appeal were included in every valuation.

Mr Stewart said he had spoken to the Independent Valuer General who would consider appeals beyond the standard 60-day period and would take an empathetic approach when considering appeals.

“The impacts of historical flooding are considered in every land valuation, but the recent valuations were done prior to February’s floods,” he said.

“If a landowner believes recent flooding impacts the value of their land, I urge them to appeal.”

The Minister said land valuation was only one component Local Councils considered when issuing rates bills and he applauded Brisbane City Council, which had already offered a $250 rebate for flood-affected properties.

Mr Stewart said, however, that valuations were only a guide for Councils when considering total rate charges for landowners and whether Councils passed valuation changes on in their rates was a matter for them.

“We know how devastating and widespread the recent flood event has been,” he said.

“It occurred after valuations were finalised, but it is not too late for a property to be re-valued if a valid objection is lodged.

“Anyone who is affected can be assured of a sympathetic approach.

“We will stand beside flood-affected home-owners and businesses in any way we can,” Mr Stewart said.

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