Your environmental levy at work
Byron Shire Council received approval in June 2008 from the NSW State Government to apply a special rate variation of 2% for the purposes of an environmental levy. This levy supports the implementation of Council's biodiversity, sustainability and coastal and estuary programs.
A five year works program and budget was approved by Council in July 2008, allocating the levy to priority actions for each program. These actions have been identified from the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, Greenhouse Action Strategy and Coastal and Estuary Management Plans.
At 26 June 2014 Extraordinary meeting, Council resolved to adopt the following Terms of Reference for the Environmental Levy:
1. The Environmental Levy will fund staff, priority actions and projects consistent with:
- The Byron Shire Greenhouse Action Strategy (to be replaced by Byron Shire Low Carbon Strategy)
- Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
- Roadside Vegetation Management Plan
- Those actions from the Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) and Estuary Plans that are consistent with the objectives of the above strategies.
2. That the Terms of Reference form the basis of a draft Environmental Levy Implementation Policy for Council’s consideration.
As also resolved by Council, an additional purpose of the Biodiversity and Sustainability Advisory Committee regarding the Environmental Levy will be to:
- Advise Council on matters to be considered for funding from the Environmental Levy each year.
- Quarterly, review the projects funded by the Environmental Levy, following advice provided by Council Staff.
- Advise Council on both allocation and expenditure of funds consistent with environmental levy Terms of Reference ie. by reviewing a draft budget each year and providing advice on priorities for expenditure and monitoring environmental outcomes of levy projects.
Table: Actions and current status of environmental levy programs
|Bush Regeneration Team||
|Coastal Zone and Estuary Management Plans||
|Greenhouse Action Strategy||
|Community Infrastructure Maintenance Program||
|Feral Animal Trapping||
|Threatened Species database||
The 'Greenprint for a Sustainable Future' logo and watermark was originally created for the Byron Rural Strategy in 1998. Since then, the logo has been used for various environmental initiatives and was most recently altered to be incorporated as an environmental levy logo.
In modernising the logo to reflect current Council initiatives and work programs, the logo's colour has been changed from the original black on white composition to a khaki green. The change of colour symbolises Council's move towards a greener, more sustainable Byron Shire and features the iconic Mt Chincogan landscape.
As a development of the 'greenprint' watermark, the taglines 'Your Environmental Levy at Work' and 'This project is a Byron Shire Council Environmental Levy Initiative' has been added. The tagline specifically identifies the projects and initiatives as being funded by the Environmental Levy.