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.
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 per cent of the fund is allocated to Major Strategic Projects and 25 per cent to the Environmental Levy Grants program.
Environmental Levy Grants
Under the Program, grants are available for projects commencing on or after 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 open Friday 12 March 2021 and close 5pm Friday 16 April 2021.
See Key Dates for the 2020-21 grants program
Environmental Levy Major Strategic Projects for 2020/21:
|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.||39,970|
|CHCC||Darkum Creek, Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek and Hearnes Lake Coastal Management Program||20,000|
|CHCC||Moonee, Coffs Creek and Boambee Newports Scoping Study||20,000|
Successful Projects 2020/21 Environmental Levy Grants Program
|Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare||Growing Our Future 2020/21||24,944|
|Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare||Weeds of the North Coast of NSW - Resource Update||17,086|
|Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Lands Council ||Improving Our Coast||25,000|
|Envite||Boambee East/Toormina Koala Corridor Improvement ||24,697|
|Envite||Upper Bonville Riparian Restoration Action Stage 1||24,938|
|Envite||Coffs Harbour Native Seedbank Network||10,798|
|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||24,000|
|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||4,800|
|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||8,694|