Information for residents on the Fire and Emergency Services Levy

The NSW Government has changed the way the community contributes to the provision of fire and emergency services. From 1 July 2017, a Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be collected by local government on behalf of the NSW Government. This will be included in annual rates and separately shown on the rates notices.

Please note the FESL is a NSW Government charge, not a Council increase in rates. Council's role is to collect the funds on behalf of the NSW Government.

The levy is applicable to all residential, farmland, industrial and commercial properties.

The levy will include a fixed amount: $100 for assessments classified as residential or public benefit and $200 for assessments classified as farmland, industrial, or commercial, plus a component based on land value.

In the past, these charges have been collected through property insurance. NSW Treasury indicates that the average fully insured residential property owner currently pays around $233 per year, but will now pay around $185 under the new system, giving a net benefit of $47 per year. A pension concession of $50 is applicable for those ratepayers that meet Council’s normal eligibility criteria.

Letters to all property owners, which includes FESL classification information, have been issued. The information in this letter, combined with your 2016 Land Valuation, which was recently issued by Land and Property Information, will allow you to estimate your FESL for 2017/18 by using the FESL Calculator.

Further details about the FESL are available in the fact sheets below, at or by phoning 1300 787 872.

If you disagree with your property's classification, you can request a review by completing the FESL Classification and Vacant Land Review Application Form.

Alternatively, for more information visit the Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor website or phone 1300 607 723.

FESL Fact Sheet

FESL Frequently Asked Questions



Join our Aboriginal Advisory Group: Expressions of Interest open until 17 April

Council is seeking passionate Aboriginal people to join its Aboriginal Advisory Group, and is holding a recruitment and information session on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

The Aboriginal Advisory Group provides advice and guidance to Council on a variety of issues, including projects or services that affect Aboriginal communities

The group meets quarterly and members discuss reports coming to Council that may affect Aboriginal people.

If you are a proud and passionate Aboriginal person who would like to make a difference locally, we urge you to nominate today.

The recruitment and information session is on Wednesday, 22 March from 5pm in the Council Chambers in Goonellabah.

For further information phone Sandra Campbell on 1300 87 83 87. People can nominate until 5pm on Monday, 17 April 2017. Please see Expression of Interest form and Terms of Reference below.

Aboriginal Advisory Group EOI and Terms of Reference 2017


Apply now to be a member for the Nimbin Advisory Group

The Nimbin Advisory Group (North West Community Panel) prioritises and implements actions established by the Group, identifies funding and partnership opportunities and works in partnership with Council and local community groups.  The group meets quarterly.

If you are a local and passionate Nimbin community member who would like to make a difference locally, we urge you to nominate today.

For further information, phone Tina Irish on 1300 87 83 87. Nominations close at 5pm Wednesday, 26 April.

Nimbin Advisory Group Nomination Form