Media Releases 2011

Fee for use of outdoor heaters cancelled

08 June 2011

Gas HeaterYarra Council has reversed its decision to impose a fee on traders for the use of outdoor heaters.

At a meeting last night, Council decided not to proceed with the $105 annual fee, which was to have come into effect in September.

The fee was aimed at discouraging the use of outdoor heaters, a single unit of which can have the same greenhouse emissions as heating a whole house.

Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke said Council had heeded concerns raised about the fee by traders.

“It was with the best of intentions that Council proposed this fee, but it has proved to be unpopular,” Cr Clarke said.

“Nobody can say this Council doesn’t listen to its community,” she said.

“We respect the vital role that traders play in our local economy, and we don’t want to be at logger-heads with them.

“Council does have a role to play in helping people live more sustainable lifestyles, but we want to achieve that in partnership with our community.”

She said Council would continue to encourage traders to minimise outdoor heater use and to stop using the most inefficient models.

Council will write to all affected traders in coming days, informing them that Council is not going ahead with the fee.

For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:
Ainslie Gowan
Coordinator - Communications
9205 5177 / 0400 933 700 


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