Environmental Levy

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Supporting you to enjoy and protect our natural environment

The Environmental Levy has been in place since 2005 as a 5% levy above the ordinary rate. It funds around $2.5 million worth of environmental programs and works every year, to ensure Ku-ring-gai’s unique bushland, waterways and urban environment are conserved and maintained. Under the current Environmental Levy the average residential ratepayer pays around $80 as part of their annual rates. The average business ratepayer pays around $65 as part of their annual rates.

The current Environmental Levy is due to expire in June 2019.

Council is considering applying to the NSW Independent Pricing and Review Tribunal (IPART) for the permanent continuation of the Environmental Levy at the amount currently paid by Ku-ring-gai ratepayers, which would commence from 1 July 2019.

Have your say

We are inviting all ratepayers to have a say on the future of the Environmental Levy.

In October 2018, Council will be seeking feedback on the continuation of the Levy and what programs and works should be funded, if it continues, through an online survey and discussion forum and a community workshop.

To be kept informed about these feedback opportunities Register here

Environmental Levy works and programs

Read more about the key programs and projects being delivered.

Benefits of the Environmental Levy

Key programs and works enable us to:

  • reuse water for irrigation
  • protect our bushland, waterways and wildlife
  • reduce our energy and water use
  • reduce and recycle our waste
  • boost sustainable transport
  • provide recreation activities in natural areas
  • ensure best practice environmental management
  • foster environmental research
  • help our local businesses and community to be more sustainable

The Environmental Levy has secured an additional $9.9 million in grants from other government agencies.

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Why does Council want to make the Environmental Levy permanent?

Much has already been achieved by the Environmental Levy. However all this work needs to be maintained and more needs to be done if Council is to continue protecting Ku-ring-gai’s unique natural environment. Our population and housing density is increasing, meaning our natural areas need even more protection and improved management.

If the Levy is not renewed Council will need to significantly review its environmental programs and works as we will be unable to deliver these at current service levels.

Current budget allocation  

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Find out more

An independent program assessment (pdf. 920KB)  of the Levy processes and outcomes was completed for 2012-2015.

Annual Report 2016-17

Go to page 65 of Council’s Annual Report 2016-2017 below for an outline of the Levy program.

Annual Report 2016-2017 (pdf. 11MB)

Interactive version: Click the 'rectangle page' icon to view the interactive report in full screen. You can preview the pages of the report by clicking the arrow on the far right (to go to the next page) and then left (to go to previous page).

More information

Contact the Environment & Sustainability Team on 9424 0893 or sustainability@kmc.nsw.gov.au