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 

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)

Applications for 2021 closed on 16 April 2021.

Environmental Levy Major Strategic Projects for 2020/21:

Applicant Project Name Amount ($)
CHCC Conservation & Sustainable Management of Biodiversity 127,308
CHCC Environmental Levy Coordination 68,951
CHCC Improving Diversity within CHCC Bushland Reserves 222,774
CHCC Management of Key Environmental Weeds within Council Managed Lands 111,387
CHCC Community Sustainable Living Program 106,090
CHCC North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Education Officer 21,218
Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee Orara River Rehabilitation Project 205,449
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare
Supporting Community Landcare Action in the Coffs Harbour LGA 227,267
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 1,170,414

Successful Projects 2020/21 Environmental Levy Grants Program

Applicant Project Name Amount ($)
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Growing Our Future 2020/21
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare
Weeds of the North Coast of NSW - Resource Update
Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Lands Council Improving Our Coast
Envite Boambee East/Toormina Koala Corridor Improvement 
Upper Bonville Riparian Restoration Action Stage 1
Coffs Harbour Native Seedbank Network
Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance
Canine Scent Detectives Promoting Koala Population Health in Jaliigirr Corridors 25,000
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 The Effects of Nitrates on Macroinvertebrates and River Health – Final Sampling Year
Sandy Beach Action Group Rain Event Water Monitoring of Agricultural Chemicals in Hearnes Lake Catchment 9,857
Sandy Beach Action Group Revegetation of Sandy Beach Reserve Stage 3
Southern Cross University
Regional Upscaling of Catchment Nitrogen Loads Along the Coffs Coast 24,000
Southern Cross University Nitrogen Transport in Coffs Creek Over Seasonal and Flood Scales 24,000
Southern Cross University Heavy Metal Deposition in Estuaries Downstream of Intensive Horticulture Activity 24,000
Woolgoolga Lake Working Group
Caring for our Waterways

Total amount of funding 346,814