19 more councils hit with carbon tax

ANOTHER 19 councils are going to have to factor in the increased cost of the carbon tax, with the vast majority selected for emissions from large landfills the councils operate.

The councils were among more than 35 entities the Federal Government has added to its carbon tax hit list, nearly 250 of which were announced last month.

It was the second tranche on the list, with more likely to be named just before the carbon tax takes effect on July 1.

The release also comes after the Federal Government wrote to more than 100 councils to tell them they might be liable to pay the tax, and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate threatened boycotting the tax.

Among the councils listed were: Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Gold Coast City Council, Mackay Regional Council, Griffith City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Climate Change Parliamentary Secretary Mark Dreyfus said of the 559 councils across Australia, the Clean Energy Regulator found 32 had landfill sites generating more than 25,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent gasses per year.

"There are also two local councils who are liable as natural gas suppliers," he said.

"It is clear the vast majority of landfills in Australia will not be covered by the carbon pricing mechanism."


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