Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan will be seeking answers from the relevant ministers following revelations the Rural City of Benalla can no longer collect rates from the government-owned Benalla Munitions Facility.
“This is of great concern as it will have a huge impact on the council’s financial capabilities,” Ms McGowan said.
The Benalla Munitions Facility is the single largest contributor to the rates and charges revenue base of the Rural City of Benalla.
In 2016-17 this was valued at $447,434, representing 2.8 per cent of total revenue from rates and charges.
Ms McGowan stressed the importance of sustainable and effective local government.
“Local governments are under a lot of pressure as their responsibilities increase and funding decreases,” she said.
“At the request of Benalla Council I will be taking this issue up with the relevant ministers.”
The Commonwealth of Australia bought the facility from Thales on July 1, 2015 and as such Thales continues to operate the facility under a contract with the Commonwealth Department of Defence. Thales also continues to manage three pastoral subleases over the land that surrounds the central Munitions Facility.