Govt waste tax will go to LGA

COFFS HARBOUR City councillors have unanimously endorsed two motions by Cr Rodney Degens asking the State Government to reimburse two different waste levy charges imposed on Coffs Coast councils by changes to state regulations.

Cr Bill Palmer described as “a ridiculous state of affairs” the fact that the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca councils had to pay a Section 88 waste levy on clean dirt brought in to cover landfills each day and also had to transport and bury in landfill previously usable organic material produced by Biomass processing facility.

Cr Degens said the material produced was not able to be used as the landfill cover.

Following the endorsement by the Coffs Harbour council, the motion will now be put on the agenda of this year's Local Government Association conference in an effort to gain statewide support.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said he had met the NSW Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, and had mentioned the waste tax and container deposit.

“The minister is committed to a review of the current waste tax,” Cr Rhoades said.

“The last dissection showed that only 60c in the dollar was returned to councils in education or in upgrading facilities for recycling. I welcome with open arms the recommendation to review it.”



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