Rates charges

Your rates notice includes service charges for your property. These charges are explained below.

(For information about your water notice see water billing and charges.)

Water access charge

Applies to all land within 225 m of a water main that is able to be connected (whether connected or not).

These fees help maintain our water network (treatment plants, dams, pump stations and pipes) and meters and boxes.

Sewerage access charge

Applies to all land within 75 m of a sewerage main that is able to be connected (whether connected or not).

These fees help maintain our sewer mains, pumping stations and treatment plants.

On site sewerage management fee

For properties with an on-site sewage management system. Council regularly inspects and monitors the health and environmental risks of these systems. See on-site sewage management

Domestic waste management charges

Applies to residential land within the service area, and farmland with a waste management service.

These funds are used for waste collection, land for future garbage depots, financial assurance, landfill environmental management, waste disposal technology and environmental studies.

Council provides 2 bin collection services:

  • urban houses and duplexes
  • multi-unit developments (more than two units) and rural residences

Different charges apply depending on your bin size and service:

Red bin (landfill) (80, 140 or 240 litre bins)

For items that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.

Yellow bin (recycling) (140, 240 and 360 litre bins)

For items such as glass bottles, paper, cardboard and aluminium cans.

Green bin (organics - food and garden waste) (140, 240 litre bins)

For items such as food scraps, garden waste and newspaper (only available for residents and commercial properties in the urban service area).

Waste management administration charge

Applies to residential and farmland properties that receive a waste service. (The charge does not apply to business rated properties.)

Commercial waste charges are higher than residential charges and include a management cost. Commercial waste is also subject to GST.

Commercial customers can use other service providers (instead of Council's waste contractor). See waste reduction for business

The waste management admin charge goes towards:

  • land rehabilitation
  • roadworks relating to garbage collection
  • securing land for future garbage depots
  • financial assurance
  • landfill environmental management
  • waste disposal technology (software and capital equipment)
  • planning for future waste strategies, collection strategies, e-recycling (electronic equipment)

Landfill management charge

Helps cover the cost of landfill operations and remediation of past, current and future landfills.

Special rate - Koala Beach Estate

Residents of the Koala Beach Estate provide ongoing funding for local nature conservation through this special rate.

Special rate - Cobaki Lakes

Residents of Cobaki Lakes provide ongoing funding for environmental management and restoration works through this special rate.

Special Rate - Kings Forest

A special rate is being introduced for residents of Kings Forest to fund the ongoing maintenance and protection of environmental lands on the estate. This will include ongoing monitoring and reporting (fauna and water) and management actions including pest and animal control and fencing.