ABOUT 1000 people who recently built their homes in Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens and Parklea should thank David Kempe.
He was the one who started a Facebook campaign, Residents Against the Rouse Hill Land Charge that caused hundreds of protest letters and emails to be sent to state and federal MPs and save them about $5000 each over five years in land levy.
Last week Finance Services Minister Andrew Constance announced the government had reduced the land charge from $246 per quarter to $59 perquarter after a review.
He said the charge was introduced to help pay for the purchase of land to provide the stormwater drainage services and applies to all newly connected properties in those areas.
"I am advised Sydney Water has reduced the charge and has backdated the reduction to the commencement of the land charge on 1st July 2012," Mr Constance said.
Mr Kempe said he was never told about this land charge prior to purchasing the land to build his new home at Kellyville north and learnt about it from others into the area.
"I then set up my protest site to urge everyone affected by this levy to complain and ask for a review," he said.
"I am delighted by the government's backdown but still feel they shouldn't even charge the reduced rate of $59 per quarter."
He believes this charge should be shared by all residents and developers of the land.
Federal MP for Greenway Michelle Rowland said the backdown by the state government was welcome news to residents.
"I received a large amount of correspondence from affected residents including residents in parts of Quakers Hill and The Ponds, who are hit hard by this unfair cash grab," Ms Rowland said.
"I made representations to the government on their behalf and am glad they have moved to reduce this fee."