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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 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:

Applicant ​Project Name ​Amount ($)
CHCC​Conservation & Sustainable Management of Biodiversity​127,308
CHCC​Environmental Levy Coordination​68,951
​CHCC​Improving Diversity within CHCC Bushland Reserves222,774
​CHCC​Management of Key Environmental Weeds within Council Managed Lands111,387
CHCC​Community Sustainable Living Program106,090
CHCC​North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Education Officer​21,218
​Orara Valley Rivercare Groups Management Committee​Orara River Rehabilitation Project205,449
​Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare
​Supporting Community Landcare Action in the Coffs Harbour LGA227,267
​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 Beach25,000
​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 Coast24,000
​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 funding346,814