Push to allow Queensland councils to introduce bed tax gains support

A campaign to allow councils to charge a visitor-based tourism levy now has the support of every local government in Queensland.

The brainchild of Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning, the bed-tax proposal has managed to garner unanimous support from all 77 councils in the state.

Cairns MP Michael Healy and Tourism Minister Kate Jones have voiced in-principle support, according to a report in the Cairns Post, while Qld Treasurer Cameron Dick said the government was committed to working through “complicated issues” involved in having a state law implemented at a local level.

“However we will continue to work through those issues and when a decision is made, we’ll announce that,” he said.

The proposal is pushing for a council levy, not a state tax, leaving it to individual councils to decide on its implementation. Manning said that councils are willing to face any criticism over the implementation of a bed-tax.