- Thursday 18 June 2015
The Sunshine Coast environment will receive a $7.7 million investment with the Council giving the green tick of approval to the 2015-16 Environment Levy Program. The Levy program, which details more big wins for the region’s green assets, was endorsed at Sunshine Coast Council’s Ordinary Meeting today. The Levy is a primary funding source that allows council to deliver on its long-term strategic approach to environmental management.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said there was no change to the Levy, which would remain at $60 per rateable property.
“We will spend $2.3 million next year buying, protecting and enhancing environmentally significant land, which will add to our conservation estate,” Cr McKay said.
“This year alone, we’ve seen how important these purchases are, with the discovery of endangered species such as the water mouse and the giant barred frog.
“On other newly purchased properties we’ve been peeling back the historic layers to identify some remarkable and unique wetlands.
“But it goes further than that.
“The Levy enables our investment in the next generation, our environmental champions of the future, through programs such as Kids in Action.
“We’ve allocated $450,000 towards monitoring and research projects that will build our knowledge and help us protect and enhance biodiversity.
“Community groups who deliver tirelessly for the environment can continue their valuable work with an $845,000 investment through partnership and grant programs.
“Healthy waterways continue to be a theme with $620,000 allocated to coastal rehabilitation and $300,000 towards the Maroochy River Rehabilitation Project.
“And finally, $470,000 will be invested into pest management projects including a pest action and engagement program.”
“These projects will take us further towards our vision to be come Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green diverse.”
More information on the Environment Levy Program including previous achievements and project updates can be found on Council’s website.