Environmental levy

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Supporting you to enjoy and protect our natural environment

The Environmental Levy has been in place since 2005 and is levied at 5% of Council's total rate revenue. It funds around $3 million worth of environmental programs and works every year, to ensure Ku-ring-gai’s unique bushland, waterways and urban environment are conserved and maintained. Under the current Environmental Levy the average residential ratepayer pays around $80 as part of their annual rates. The average business ratepayer pays around $65 as part of their annual rates.

Permanent continuation of Environmental Levy

The current Environmental Levy expired in June 2019.

Following an extensive consultation program which confirmed strong community support for the continuation of the Environmental Levy, Council resolved to apply to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for its permanent extension at the amount currently paid by Ku-ring-gai ratepayers (5%), commencing on 1 July 2019.

Council was successful in its application to IPART for the permanent continuation of the Environmental Levy.

Read Council's application to IPART and the determination.

Read the Council report on the results of the community consultation on the continuation of the Environmental Levy.

Environmental Levy works and programs

Read more about the key programs and projects being delivered.

Discover the work we are doing across our bushland and waterways through the Environmental Levy - Watch our Environmental Levy video.

Benefits of the Environmental Levy

Key programs and works enable us to:

  • Reuse water for irrigation.
  • Protect our bushland, waterways and wildlife.
  • Reduce our energy and water use.
  • Reduce and recycle our waste.
  • Boost sustainable transport.
  • Provide recreation activities in natural areas.
  • Ensure best practice environmental management.
  • Foster environmental research.
  • Help our local businesses and community to be more sustainable.

The Environmental Levy has secured an additional $12 million in grants from other government agencies.

Read our Environmental Levy fact sheet(PDF, 9MB) for more detail on what we have achieved.

Annual Report 2016-17

Go to page 65 of Council’s Annual Report 2016-2017 below for an outline of the Levy program.


Interactive version: Click the 'rectangle page' icon to view the interactive report in full screen.

You can preview the pages of the report by clicking the arrow on the far right (to go to the next page) and then left (to go to previous page).

More information

Contact the Environment & Sustainability Team on 9424 0893 or sustainability@kmc.nsw.gov.au