Govt should collect NRM Levy: councils

Local councils are supporting a Local Government Association campaign for the Natural Resource Management Levy to be collected by the state government.

Councils have said ratepayers were confused by the NRM Levy on their rates notice with councils often blamed for increasing NRM Levy fees.

​The LGA will ask all political parties to commit to collecting the NRM Levy if they are successful at the March 2018 state election.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said the Liberal Party had “undertaken a thorough statewide consultation” and only local councilors raised concerns about the collection of NRM levies.

A spokesperson for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said councils collected the levy on behalf of the state government because it was the most cost effective approach.