New Environmental Levy Policy

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The new Environmental Levy Policy was adopted by Coffs Harbour City Council on 10 May 2018.

The Environmental Levy has been raised against all properties in the Coffs Harbour City Council area since 1997. During 2017 Council undertook an independent and extensive review of its Environmental Levy Program funded from the Environmental Levy. In December 2017, Council adopted most of the recommendations of the review report, including the basis of a new method for the allocation of funds.

Previously, four Council program areas, Environmental Weed Control, Bush Regeneration, Management of Biodiversity and Levy Grant Administration, were automatically funded on an

The new Environmental Levy Policy was adopted by Coffs Harbour City Council on 10 May 2018.

The Environmental Levy has been raised against all properties in the Coffs Harbour City Council area since 1997. During 2017 Council undertook an independent and extensive review of its Environmental Levy Program funded from the Environmental Levy. In December 2017, Council adopted most of the recommendations of the review report, including the basis of a new method for the allocation of funds.

Previously, four Council program areas, Environmental Weed Control, Bush Regeneration, Management of Biodiversity and Levy Grant Administration, were automatically funded on an annual basis. The balance of Environmental Levy funds were allocated through a grant application and assessment process. The grant application process was also open to other Council projects. The assessments were undertaken by a Council and community committee who recommended projects to Council for funding.

The new Environmental Levy Policy provides a framework for how the new method for the allocation of funds would work. The Environmental Levy funds are to be split into two pools.

The first pool is to fund major Council environmental initiatives and projects, which support the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan environmental objective “a natural environment sustained for the future”. These will be determined by Council and funded through the four year Delivery Program period. This pool will also include funding arrangements for two large community based programs conducted in partnership with Council, being Orara Rivercare and Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare.

The second pool funds an Environmental Levy Grants Program for community groups only; that is, Council projects do not qualify for accessing this program. Applications for these funds will be open for up to two-times each year and applications will be assessed by a new expert Environmental Levy Grants Program Panel.

The allocation of funds between the two pools is 75% for major Council environmental initiatives and 25% for the Environmental Levy Grants Program and is based on historic allocations. The Environmental Levy is estimated to raise $1.326 million in 2018-19 and will therefore provide around $330,000 for the community based Environmental Levy Grants Program.

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    b) be received by Council during the submission period; and
    c) be correctly or ‘properly’ made to include the proposal title and reasons for the submission.

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