Significant Financial Impact of Waste Levy’s Implementation
The Waste Levy is less than three months away from being implemented, however State Government rebates will fall far short of covering costs associated with Council establishing the Levy in Mount Isa.
“Contrary to what some may believe – that the 105 percent rebate from the State Government for the Waste Levy will be more than enough to cover Council’s costs – the truth is that getting our Waste Management operations Levy-ready, and continuing to operate under legislative requirements associated with the Levy, will be a significant financial impost on Council,” Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.
“For instance, the rebate does not cover costs associated with building essential infrastructure, setting up the Resource Recovery Areas, recycling activities, buying new or modifying existing heavy machinery, or even the extra staff we will need.
“These are all costs that go along with establishing the Levy and operating it in our community, and Council will have to shoulder that burden.”
Cr McCulloch said despite Council’s best efforts to convince the State Government to exclude Mount Isa in the Waste Levy scheme, including extensive lobbying and putting Council’s case forward at public hearings into the Waste Levy Bill last year, the State Government still included Mount Isa in the Levy zone.
“And the burden of the Levy on our Council will just increase each year – the Levy amount will rise, while the rebate amount will reduce,” Cr McCulloch said.
“However, we are doing everything we can to get ready for the introduction of the Levy.
“It will mean substantial and significant changes within Council’s Waste Management operations, which we are in the process of sorting through.
“We have an ongoing working group comprising staff from several Council departments who have been working closely together since February, and will continue to do so, to ensure Council hits the ground running as best we can by the time the Levy begins on July 1.”
Due to the implications of, and costs associated with, the Levy, the Camooweal Waste Disposal Facility will be decommissioned, with several large (1000L) skip bins to be installed throughout the town to collect residents’ hard rubbish instead.
The Waste Levy fee is $75 (plus GST) per tonne – or $7.50 per 100kg – of waste taken to the Waste Management Facility to be disposed of at the tip face.
Council are currently pursuing several State funding streams to allow for a smoother transition towards the waste levy and will actively seek assistance where possible to ensure a minimal financial impact to the community.