Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Coffs under carbon tax threshold

COFFS Harbour City, Bellingen and Nambucca Shire Councils are not on the list supplied by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) of local government bodies liable to pay the carbon tax when it starts in two weeks.

A further update was released on Friday with 248 companies, universities and councils now liable make the $23-per-tonne pollution payment from July 1.

Bodies generating in excess of 25,000 tonnes of Co2 are in line for the tax.

In March, attempts by Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce to link the carbon tax with a 3% rates increase were played down by a CHCC spokesperson.

Speaking from Canberra last night, CHCC Mayor Keith Rhoades welcomed the news and dismissed claims that rates would rise because of the new clean energy strategies.

"While I am still to see the final numbers from the survey report this is very good news for the local area," he said.

"We knew that we were very close to the cut-off figure - possibly a little above or a little below - and it looks like we have scraped in under the mark.

"From the start I have always said I don't support the carbon tax but while we don't make the laws, we make sure we abide by them and work within the parameters..

"This news is a great credit to the decisions made for smarter recycling."

Cr Rhoades said he hoped the CER would continue assisting the council to ensure it stayed under the threshold.

"The lead-in period has made us savvy with what is required and the key will be continuing to reduce what we send to landfill," he said.

"For that reason I urge the community to become smarter with recycling and be aware of what helps to reduce the burden for all of us."

Meanwhile, Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, released a statement on Friday attacking Independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor after the CER added Port Macquarie-Hastings and Tamworth councils to the list.

"This is another example of how Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor are hitting their constituents with the carbon tax," the statement read in part..

"With a carbon tax of $23 a tonne, these councils will have to pay a minimum of $575,000 for crossing the 25,000 tonnes Co2 threshold."

Mr Hartsuyker said it was still possible that other councils will be added to the carbon tax "hit list".

However it appears that at this stage none will be within his electorate.