Mayor's Message - 23 June 2017

Posted at 4:08PM on 27 June 2017

Last week Council considered a report on Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy. The levy has been in place as part of Ku-ring-gai’s rating system since 2005 and generates around $2.6 million each year and over $9 million in matching grants for a range of projects and services to protect our wonderful natural environment.

There are too many to mention here, but some that spring to mind are the creek protection works for watercourses such as Blackbutt Creek, the numerous workshops that we run for residents on how to live more sustainably, our grants program that gives residents funds to install rainwater tanks and energy efficient pool pumps and over 100 hectares of land permanently set aside as habitat for native birds and animals.

As part of the submission process, over the next few months we will be seeking feedback and input from our community on extending the life of the levy. Our current levy expires in 2019 and Council has resolved that we seek a permanent extension of the existing levy. Council believes that the levy is a fundamental part of important work being undertaken to conserve Ku-ring-gai’s bushland and natural areas.

For ratepayers, there will be no noticeable change to your rates if the levy continues.

As always however, we seek a mandate from our community for its continuation.

Please click here if you are interested in finding out more about the current levy and what it funds.