Environmental Levy

The Environmental Levy is a five per cent levy on rates used to fund much-needed work on Ku-ring-gai’s bushland, waterways and urban environment.

The levy commenced in 2005 and will continue until 2019. It raises around  $2.6 million per year, and has attracted $9.4 million in matching federal and state grants.

Read the Environmental Levy report for 2014/15 to learn about the comprehensive range of environmental actions and programs the Levy supports.

Environmental Levy Report 2014-2015

Interactive version

Click in the middle of the image to view the interactive report in full screen.You can preview the pages of the report at the bottom of the screen and also flick between pages by clicking on the far left (to go to previous page) and far right (to go to next page). To view one page at a time you can also click on the 'rectangle page' icon located on the bottom left of the screen.

Download full report

Environmental Levy Report 2014-2015 (pdf. 2MB)

Key achievements

Some of the Levy’s key achievements for 2014/15 include:

  • 99 Hectares of biobanked land, protected in perpetuity for the purpose of biodiversity conservation at Rofe Park, Sheldon Forest and Comenarra Creek Reserve
  • 20.6 Hectares of land protected at Browns Forest and the Ku-ring-gai Flying Fox Reserve through conservation agreements 
  • 36 Hectares of bush regeneration in threatened ecological communities across 16 sites additional to Council’s operational work plan. 
  • 1 New stormwater harvesting collection system for Auluba Oval in 2014/15
  • 10% Reduction in water consumption across Council assets between 2010 and 2014
  • 58 Kilowatts of solar PV capacity installed in 2014/15
  • $50k Small grants awarded to 16 community environmental initiatives in 2014/15
  • 130 Native stingless bee hives distributed in 2014/15

View some of the recent green Council projects funded by the Environmental Levy

A report on 2013/14 Environmental Levy achievements  (pdf. 2MB)

Financial summary


Independent program assessment

An independent program assessment of the Environmental Levy and its processes and outcomes from 2012 – 2015 is currently being undertaken by Inca Consulting. The report from this assessment will be published here in coming months.

Council engaged independent firm Banarra to assess the process and outcomes of the Environmental Levy from 2005 - 2011. Its findings are in the report below.

Ku-ring-gai Environmental Levy Evaluation Report 2011 (pdf. 940KB)

More information

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