Environment Levy Community Engagement and Support
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Oct 2016

The Environment Levy provides a variety of funding opportunities which support the community to work with council to protect and enhance the Sunshine Coast’s:

  • native bushland, plants and animals
  • waterways
  • coastal foreshores.

These funding opportunities help build strong and effective partnerships. They are delivered through a number of programs, projects and incentives which aim to foster stewardship of the natural environment.

Programs, Projects and Incentives


Environment Levy Partnership

Offers incorporate community groups up to three year funding towards operational expenses. These groups help to implement council’s environmental strategies and plans.

Environment Levy Grants

Offers incorporate community groups funding for one off projects that:

  • contribute to landscape protection, monitoring and rehabilitation of biodiversity including native plants, animals and waterways
  • build community capacity, engagement and participation in biodiversity, waterways and pest management
  • adapt and respond to environmental challenges, for example, pest plants and animals.

Environment Levy Landholder Environment Grants

Provides rural landholders and primary producers funding for on ground projects that protect local waterways and native plants and animals on their properties.

Landholder conservation programs

Provides rural landholders with knowledge, skills and resources to protect and enhance the environmental values on their properties. This may include an annual supply of native plant seedlings, workshops on weed control or wildlife friendly fencing or covenants to protect native bushland.

Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum

Celebrates the achievements of conservation volunteers on the Sunshine Coast. The Forum is staged as a networking event to:

  • thank conservation volunteers
  • celebrate their achievements
  • build further capacity.

Sunshine Coast Kids in Action Conference

Empowers local school children and their teachers to tackle local environmental issues. The Conference is staged as a networking event which generates peer to peer learning - kids teaching kids.

Healthy Waterways Partnership

Annual contribution to support programs delivered by the Healthy Waterways Network. One of which is the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) which produces the Healthy Waterways Report Card ratings for the region's river catchments.

Community Information and Education

Provides funding which supports community engagement and supports the promotion of Environment Levy achievements.

Environment Levy Photography Competition 2015
Sunshine Coast Art Prize’s 10th year anniversary and was supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Levy.  Please view some of the amazing photographs submitted.
2016 Sunshine Coast Environment Photography Awards Photographers who love capturing creative, inspiring and emotive images of the Sunshine Coast's beautiful environment were invited to enter the 2016 Environment Photography Awards. Some of the amazing photographs submitted are available to view on the awards webpage.

More information

If you would like more information about the Environment Levy, please contact council’s customer service centre.