Bad news if you were hoping to see fewer derelict buildings in town

You may recall the CGG council implemented a strategy not too long ago to entice owners of vacant and run down property in the CBD to put a tenant in or develop. They doubled the rates for unoccupied buildings. 

But the rate payers were unsurprisingly not happy about paying the extra amount, and insteas of refurbing their run down eyesores, challenged the decision. 

Now the State Administrative Tribunal has ruled against the CGG, meaning the council may even have to pay these investment groups back some of the rate money they've paid. 

(From the SAT website: The Tribunal is the primary place for the review of decisions made by Government agencies, public officials and local governments. It also makes a wide variety of original decisions.)

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