The purpose of the Environment Levy is to raise funds to conserve and/or improve biodiversity in the Noosa Shire. It provides an important funding source for a range of strategic environmental management initiatives across the region.
Key aims of the Levy are to:
- Protect environmentally significant areas through land acquisition.
- Support Council's Voluntary Conservation Agreement Program where such involvement adds to the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and wildlife corridors on private rural properties throughout the Shire.
- Provide funding to the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Trust so that Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation Ltd may undertake projects that are in keeping with the purpose of the Levy.
The apportionment of Levy funds across these three programs will be subject to Council's annual budget review and program priorities.
All revenue including any revenue raised through approved Levy business activities is to be accounted for separately from Council's general revenue and shall not at any time be available for expenditure as general revenue.
The Levy can be used for leveraging grants and partnership opportunities from the State and Federal Governments and other agencies provided there is no impediment to achieving the agreed outcomes of the Environment Levy Policy.