New Waste Levy date changed

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - PAID CONTENT -

❝new This date also al­lows the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the lack of aware­ness sur­round­ing the im­pend­ing levy ... — Stu­art Ar­mitage

FARM­ERS and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties will have more time to pre­pare for the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s new Waste Levy fol­low­ing con­tin­ued ad­vo­cacy by the Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion and other in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions.

The Waste Levy will now be­gin on July 1, 2019, and be set at $75 a tonne for gen­eral wastes sent to land­fill.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said QFF had ex­pressed con­cerns the orig­i­nal date did not align with ad­min­is­tra­tive time frames and did not give lo­cal govern­ments time to in­stall the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture to ad­min­is­ter and col­lect the levy.

“This new date also al­lows the State Gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the lack of aware­ness sur­round­ing the im­pend­ing levy among many farm­ers and re­gional busi­nesses,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment must en­sure that re­gional busi­nesses lo­cated in­side or oper­at­ing within the levy zone, which cur­rently in­cludes 38 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, are fully aware of the in­creased costs as­so­ci­ated with the dis­posal of wastes.”

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