Protecting and enhancing our environment gets the green tick of approval
Protecting and enhancing the Sunshine Coast environment has been given the green tick of approval with $28 million allocated in the council’s 2016/17 budget.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said $21 million would be invested in bushland, conservation and habitat; $5 million invested in beaches, foreshore, coastal infrastructure and canals; and $2 million invested in the Sunshine Coast’s rivers, streams, estuaries and water bodies.
“The Environment Levy will increase by $10 to $70 – the first increase since the levy was introduced eight years ago,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The $9.3 million investment through our Environment Levy program will keep us on track as we strive to become Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green, diverse.
“The levy will be allocated towards buying, protecting and enhancing environmentally-significant land, adding to the 2700 hectares of land already purchased by council.
“It will also go towards protecting our beaches, foreshores bushland and our way of life and establishing clean energy projects.
“Sunshine Coast is home to many environmental and conservation volunteers so we will continue to work closely with the community to protect and enhance our environment through partnerships and grants.