During the 2017 floods, the importance of emergency services was clear to see with Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service personnel providing critical assistance for thousands of Tweed residents.
The process of funding these vital services is set for a significant change.
From Saturday 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will abolish the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance policies and replace it with a Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to be paid alongside Council rates.
The reform will mean the burden of funding these services will no longer fall only on those with property insurance, but all landowners.
This levy will appear on Tweed Shire Council property owner rates notices as a separate item.
Please note the FESL is a State Government charge, not a Council increase in rates. Council's role is to collect the funds and remit these to the NSW Government.
The revenue raised from FESL will be directed to the NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue.
You will be notified of your FESL contribution as part of your Council rates notice, or a separate notice for non-rateable properties. Like Council rates, you may pay the FESL annually or quarterly.
The FESL paid will, in part, depend on your property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant.
Council is writing to all property owners to advise of their classification FESL information will also be distributed in land valuation letters.
Further details about the FESL are available at fesl.nsw.gov.au
or by phoning the FESL information line on 1300 787 872.
If you disagree with your property's classification, you can request a review by completing the FESL Classification Review Request
Alternatively, for more information you can visit the Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor
website or alternatively you can phone on 1300 607 723.