Over the last 15 years, Council has partnered with community groups and government agencies on major environmental restoration projects to manage and protect our stunning Macleay Valley waterways and natural environment.
This work has been paid for by applying a special Environmental Levy to Council’s rates.
The levy was first introduced for five years from 2003/04, and has been continued over the past decade to fund important environmental schemes such as bush regeneration; flood study and preparation; local creeks and waterways repair; weed control; environmental education; and restoration of coastal and wildlife habitats.
The levy has also given us leverage to secure extra grant funding from NSW Government and other agencies, with more than $1 million in grants over the past 15 years going to preserve and enhance our valley’s environment.
Working with committed local community groups such as Landcare and Dunecare, we have improved the natural environment of our valley. Key projects like the wetlands restoration at Boyters Lane; repairs to Killick, Korogoro and Gills Creeks; weed control along our roadsides and protection of our coastal dune areas; along with flood, river and coastal zone management programs, have all been made possible by the levy.
The current Environmental Levy will finish in June 2018 and Council needs to consider options for the future, including making an application to extend the levy and the environmental programs for another 10 years.
Council needs your feedback on this important decision. Everyone in our community is encouraged to visit the Your Say Macleay website to learn about the Environmental Levy.
Speak to us at the Twilight Markets this Saturday, visit council or make a submission in writing to email@example.com
Submissions and the online survey close December 13.