Waste Levy to ast as a tax on Mount Isa
As Queensland gets ready to hear the outcome of the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 this Monday October 22, those behind the decision to include Mount Isa in the waste levy zone have declined to visit the region where all means of supporting waste reduction practices– namely transport, cost of infrastructure and electricity, are already challenging to the community.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the Chair of Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee, Mr Duncan Pegg was invited to Mount Isa by Mount Isa City Council earlier this month, in an effort to give Mr Pegg a true understanding of how the waste levy would affect a remote city.
“The inclusion of a region in the waste levy zone is based on population, but Goondiwindi, with a population exceeding 10,000 people, who were previously included in the 2011 waste levy zone, and is in a considerably less remote location than Mount Isa has already been excluded from the waste levy zone so I question what is the actual basis for including Mount Isa and Camooweal in the waste levy zone,” Cr McCulloch said.
“I think Mr Pegg needs to visit Mount Isa and experience first-hand the issues that affect us out here, and the impact the waste levy will have on our community. He may be used to how things work in Brisbane, but it will not be the same for us out here, the criteria for inclusion in the waste levy zone, being population based, is not a one size fits all solution, and the State Government should know this by now.
“The inclusion of Mount Isa in the waste levy zone is just another way for the state to disadvantage our region.”
Cr McCulloch said Council appreciated the 105 per cent offset for the domestic waste levy, but said the rapid decline of the rebate and no commitment from State Government past 2022 could have a severely negative financial impact on the community.
“The current analysis of waste to landfill volumes show that Mount Isa could expect to pay up to $2.5m in each year in levies after the loss of rebate, which represents 6 per cent of the total rate revenue – this simply cannot be absorbed by the low number of rateable assessments in this city,” she said.
“The remoteness of our community and the volumes of waste generated combined, result in our region’s challenges in economically viable waste processing options for landfill diversion; and we urge State Government to exclude Mount Isa and Camooweal from the waste levy zone.”