Environmental Levy


Supporting you to enjoy and protect our natural environment

The Environmental Levy has been in place since 2005 and is levied at 5% of Council's total rate revenue. It currently funds the annual delivery of approximately $2.8 million of environmental programs and works, 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 expiring

The current Environmental Levy is due to expire in June 2019. Council is considering applying to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory 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

During October to 4 November 2018 we invited all ratepayers to have a say on the future of the Environmental Levy. This survey is now closed, thank you for your contribution.

Why does Council want to make the Environmental Levy permanent?

The revenue Council receives from rates is not enough to cover the investment required to adequately manage these assets into the future. We need a permanent income source that funds an adequate level of environmental programs and works to secure the long term protection of our unique natural environment as our population grows and housing density increases; whilst continuing to support our community to live more sustainably.

Much has already been achieved by the Environmental Levy to date. A permanent Levy will:

  • Secure the ongoing delivery and continuity of Council’s environmental programs and works at service levels that will effectively manage our bushland and waterways and the sustainability performance of our buildings and facilities, at the same time as maintaining all the other Council services
  • Allow Council to undertake coordinated, long term planning for environmental programs and works, ensuring we maximise environmental outcomes at the lowest cost;
  • Guarantee funding for the ongoing maintenance of important environmental infrastructure delivered through the current Environmental Levy; and
  • Make it easier for Council to secure grant funding to further support its environmental programs and works (often grants require matched funding).

Environmental Levy works and programs

Read more about the key programs and projects being delivered.

Discover the work we are doing across our bushland and waterways through the Environmental Levy - click here to watch our Environmental Levy video.

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 $10 million in grants from other government agencies.

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Read our Environmental Levy fact sheet (pdf. 3MB) for more detail on what we have achieved.

Current Environmental Levy 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