Parking, burials and registering your pet in Brisbane just got more expensive

Parking in Brisbane City Monday to Friday will now cost $4.90 an hour. Photo: Supplied. Courtesy: Brisbane Times

Buying burial plots, paying for parking and registering a pet in Brisbane have all become more expensive, with some costs increasing by more than 10 per cent.

Brisbane City Council revealed its 2018-19 schedule of fees and charges as part of the budget, with some of the items within the 70-page document well above the average increase of 2.5 per cent. 

Parking and vehicles

Motorists wanting to park at meters in Brisbane were hit with a huge increase, with the payment at some meters increasing by more than 11 per cent.

Parking in the Brisbane CBD from Monday to Friday will now cost $4.90 an hour, which is an 11 per cent increase on the previous year. 

There is a similar increase for inner-Brisbane suburbs where motorists will be slugged an extra 30¢ per hour, or an 11.1 per cent increase, making the hourly rate $3.

Motorbike parking in Brisbane also increased by 10¢ per hour, which is an increase of 12 per cent.

If a resident has to claim their vehicle after council seized it for being unregistered or abandoned, it will cost $750 to release, which is $18 more than the past year.

Animals

Hundreds of charges relating to the keeping of animals, from dog registration to keeping racehorses were outlined in the document.

In 2018-19 it will cost $142 to register a non-desexed dog and $49.50 for a desexed dog, with the new costs in line with the average 2.5 per cent increase. 

This financial year a new animal management charge was introduced to the fees and charges book for registration of a declared dangerous animal other than a dog.

It costs between $117.30 and $185.05 to register a menacing or dangerous dog, depending on whether it is desexed or not.

Under the new charges, if residents want to register a declared dangerous animal for the first time, that isn’t a dog, it will cost $557.30 and $185.05 for every subsequent year.

If a resident wants to keep racehorses it will cost them between $279 and $695 depending on the number of animals.

If a resident wants the council to remove a dead animal from their property the council will remove a domestic animal that is less than 30 kilograms for free within 24 hours, but if the resident wants it gone within eight hours they would pay $129.50

The more the animal weighs, the most council charges, with animals weighing more than 100 kilograms costing $530 to be removed within eight hours or $456 to be gone within 24 hours.

Burials

A lawn grave at a council-owned cemetery has increased by $758, to $4465, but now also includes a standard bronze plaque with one inscription. 

A double burial plot will cost $4610.

Cremation of an adult will cost $615 in 2018-19.

Payment

Despite a majority of the council fees and charges increasing, residents will now pay less in surcharges when paying council bills, such as rates.

Previously, for each dollar paid the council by credit card $0.0061 was the base surcharge rate, in 2018-19 this figure has been reduced to $0.0052.

These rates are set for the next financial year.

A new schedule of fees and charges will be revealed at the 2019-20 budget. 

Sourcehttps://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/parking-burials-and-registering-your-pet-in-brisbane-just-got-more-expensive-20180625-p4znml.html