The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved application from Kempsey Shire council to increase general income above the 2.3% rate peg from 1 July 2018.

Kempsey Shire Council will be able to extend its environmental levy for a further 10 years following IPART’s approval of the council’s application for a 6.5% special variation. As the levy is already in place, rates within the shire will on average increase by the 2.3% rate peg in 2018-19.