- Thursday 05 May 2011
At a special budget meeting last week, Sunshine Coast Council reinforced its commitment to the endorsed Environment Levy Policy and Program and recommended that the Levy remain set at $60 per annum per rateable property.
In line with council’s determination to protect our environment, expenditure of the Environment Levy revenue will continue to be allocated to the acquisition of environmentally significant lands; major initiatives and catalyst projects; and community grants, incentives and partnerships.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said the environment levy provides a critical funding stream that ensures we take all the steps necessary to ensure we protect our natural environment.
"Our landscape, biodiversity and waterways are under significant pressure from rapid urbanisation and it is imperative we take steps now to protect them for future generations. We can’t do that adequately without a levy," Cr Jones said.
Last financial year council acquired 110 hectares for conservation reserves and has progressed negotiations for acquisition of a further 213 hectares of land for conservation. In partnership with 10 private landholders, through Voluntary Conservation Agreements, an additional 137 hectares towards biodiversity conservation has been contributed. The final stage of the Coolum Creek Fish Rehabilitation Project saw a further 2300 native plants revegetated and 150 metres of log structures introduced to the river.
A full report on all projects and achievements funded through the Environmental Levy Program for 2010-2011 will be presented to council following the end of the financial year.