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Rates

Rates are a contribution each homeowner, lessee of State owned land or holder of Mining Leases and Claim makes to the Cook Shire Council towards the cost of running the Shire and the provision of community services and facilities.

Some of these services and facilities include the maintenance of beaches, roads and walkways, sporting grounds, parks and gardens, events centre, library, the protection of threatened plants and animals, the collection and disposal of waste and recyclables and numerous other community projects.

The information provided in this section aims to assist you with understanding the charges on your rate notice, outlines how to pay options and provides details for where to go to get help.

Find out more information on how Councils determine the amount you pay for rates and charges.

Rate notice frequency

Rate notices are issued half-yearly in August and February of each year.

Ratepayer discounts

Ratepayers who pay their rates in full by the due date shown on their rate notice will receive a 10% discount on their current General Rates (excluding Council’s Pension Remission which is not a payment.) Ratepayers who pay by the due date need only pay the discounted amount shown on their Rate Notice.

Paying After Discount Closed

If your rates are unpaid after the closing date the discount will not be allowed and you have another 31 days to pay the total amount outstanding before interest is charged on the balance outstanding. Interest will be charged at 11% interest (daily compounding) on all unpaid rates, commencing 31 days after the last day for payment identified on your Rate Notice. 

Pensioner concessions

If you are the holder of a Queensland Centrelink Concession card and your Cook Shire property is your primary place of residence you may be eligible for Pensioner Remissions. If you think you may be eligible and are not currently receiving a concession on rates, you are encouraged to make application by contacting Council's Rates Officer. An application form is available below.

To be eligible you must be:

  • The holder of a Centrelink Concession Card
  • The owner or life tenant of the property, which is your principle place of residence
  • Lawfully residing at the property
  • Legally responsible for the payment of Council rates and charges levied on that property.

Those pensioners currently receiving a concession on their rates do not need to reapply.  However, it is a requirement that you notify Council if your circumstances have changed.

Application Form for Pensioner Concession

Paying your rates

There are a number of ways to pay your rates.

In person at the Administration Office, 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown between 8.45am and 4.45pm. We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS and credit cards.

By phone with credit card (Australian Mastercard or Visa) - please have your rate notice on hand.

By mail using the detachable bottom section of the Rate Notice and returning it with your payment to Cook Shire Council, PO Box 3, Cooktown, Qld 4895.

By BPAY using the Biller Code 172395 and your reference number shown beside the BPAY logo on the front of your Rate Notice.

By Centrepay for those receiving Centrelink payments, using the Centrepay reference number 555054452C. Contact Centrelink for application forms and more information.

Pre-pay your rates

Making smaller, more regular payments can be an easier way for some people to pay their rates. Prepayment can be made to your rate account at any time. Contact Council's Rates Officer for more information.

Having difficulty paying your rates?

If you are having difficulty making payments, it is important that you contact Council's Rates Officer to discuss your situation. We would prefer to work with you rather than have Council’s debt collection agency pursue the debt.

 

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4069 5444