Environmental levy

Council introduced the Environmental Levy as a means of undertaking environmental management works.

The levy currently raises around $1.3 million per annum for local environmental works at an average cost of $44 per rate payer.

Council recognises the value and importance in providing an environmental program that offers and delivers opportunities to help sustain and improve the local environment.

The Environmental Levy Policy provides a framework for how the new method for the allocation of funds will work.

The Environmental Levy is allocated in two streams: 75% of the  fund is allocated to Major Strategic Projects and 25%  to the Environmental Levy Grants program.


Environmental Levy Grants Program

Under the Program, grants are available for projects starting from 1 July each financial year, worth between $2,000 and $25,000 per project.

The objectives of the Environmental Levy Grants Program are to ensure that the allocation of Environmental Levy funds support the achievement of the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan - A natural environment sustained for the future:

  • We protect the diversity of our natural environment (C2.1)
  • We use resources responsibly to support a safe and stable climate (C2.2)

2022/2023 Environmental Levy Grants Program applications closed Friday 29 April 2022.


Environmental Levy Major Strategic Projects and Programs

Major Strategic projects and programs funded by the Environmental Levy are long term and strategically important in nature, they are included in the four-year Delivery Program adopted by Council and Environmental Levy funding is provided by an annual allocation over the four-year term (next Delivery Program commences 1 July 2022), areas for consideration include:

  • Environmental Levy Coordination
  • Bush Regeneration
  • Environmental Weed Management
  • Biodiversity Strategies
  • Waterway Health Initiatives
  • Coastal Initiatives
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Health and Water Quality Research Initiatives

Projects and programs may be delivered by Council or in partnership with or through community organisations, research institutions and/or other government bodies.

Submission of proposals for Major Strategic projects / programs closed Friday 29 April 2022. 


Environmental Levy Major Strategic Projects for 2021/22:

Applicant Project Name Amount ($)
CHCC Conservation & Sustainable Management of Biodiversity 131,200
CHCC Environmental Levy Coordination 64,000
CHCC Improving Diversity within CHCC Bushland Reserves 229,600
CHCC Management of Key Environmental Weeds within Council Managed Lands 114,946
CHCC Community Sustainable Living Program 109,500
CHCC North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Education Officer 21,900
Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee Orara River Rehabilitation Project 212,000
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare
Supporting Community Landcare Action in the Coffs Harbour LGA 234,100
Southern Cross University
Investigating pesticide and heavy metal distribution from soil, air, water and biota near expanding horticulture activites in the Coffs Harbour NSW region.
Darkum Creek, Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek and Hearnes Lake Coastal Management Program
Moonee, Coffs Creek and Boambee Newports Scoping Study
Total amount of funding 1,198,446

Successful Projects 2021/22 Environmental Levy Grants Program

Applicant Project Name Amount ($)
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Growing Our Future 2021/22
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare
Improving Land Management Practices in the Coffs LGA 15,000
Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Lands Council Improving Our Coast Part 2
Envite Boambee East/Toormina Koala Corridor Improvement 
Upper Bonville Riparian Restoration Action Stage 2
Coffs Harbour Native Seedbank
Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance
Canine Scent Detectives Promoting Koala Population Health in Jaliigirr Corridors Stage 2 20,000
Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance  Surveying Platypus Populations in the Orara Valley using eDNA Technology  20,000
Jetty Dunecare Restore and Enhance the Natural Environment of Boambee Beach North 25,000
Jetty Dunecare Restore and Enhance the Natural Environment of Jetty Foreshores 25,000
Jetty Dunecare Pre-empting the Sleeping Invader – Glory Lily @ Boambee Beach 25,000
Nana Glen Landcare Group Inc Rehabilitating the Coldwater Creek Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR39744) Phase 2 15,000
Sandy Beach Action Group Revegetation of Sandy Beach Reserve Stage 4
Southern Cross University
Catchment scale dissolved metals export into Coffs Coast estuaries 25,000
Southern Cross University Further investigating trace metal pollution in Sandy Beach 25,000
Southern Cross University Valuation of water quality regulation services by shellfish in Woolgoolga Lake 20,000
 University of New England  Ecohealth website for Coffs coastal catchments  20,000
Woolgoolga Lake Working Group
Caring for our Waterways - Stage 2

Total amount of funding 366,149