WORST DEBTS REVEALED: The North Burnett has close to $3 million owed in SPER debts as of June 30, 2020. Picture: File
WORST DEBTS REVEALED: The North Burnett has close to $3 million owed in SPER debts as of June 30, 2020. Picture: File

REVEALED: Which North Burnett towns owe SPER the most money

NEW data has revealed almost 1,400 North Burnett residents owe more than $2.9 million to the State Government.

The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) is an agency tasked by the State Government to collect fines imposed by courts, governments, and other agencies such as tolls.

Speeding fines, court debts, parking infringements, driving offences and more are commonly referred to SPER for collection.

Data up to June 30 has shown 1,383 North Burnett residents owe $2,901,000 to SPER.

That’s just a small slice of the $1.3 billion owed to the government across Queensland.

Mount Perry’s postcode leads the charge in SPER debts in the region, with 437 debtors owing $1,156,000 over 2,823 debts.

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The 4671 postcode encompasses several outlying towns including Gin Gin, Booyal and Monduran, which would account for such a high SPER debt.

Gayndah’s postcode of 4625, which includes Binjour, Ban Ban Springs and more owes a whopping $569,000, with 414 debtors accounting for 1,701 debts.

Biggenden and its outlying villages owe $539,000 in 916 unpaid debts, owed by 115 debtors.

After this was Mundubbera and its towns, with an outstanding balance of $317,000 owed by 285 debtors with 971 debts.

Monto and Eidsvold followed close by with $204,000 and $116,000 owed respectively.

More than $785 million worth of fines were imposed by the state government, with $402 million coming from the courts.

SPER collected $251.5 million as at 31 May 2020 for the 2019-20 financial year.


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