If you live on Australia's Sunshine Coast, you'll pay an $80 "environment levy" to the local council to help protect the region's waterways, biodiversity, and coastal areas, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
And if you'd like to help out, you can sign up for the "Kids in Action" or "BatPod" volunteer programs, which involve hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, the Sunshine Coast Times reports.
"This year, it's clear again to see the value of working with our community, with more than 362,000 volunteer hours for the Levy's partnership programs showing the strength of people power," a council official says.
The money is used for everything from invasive species research and dune rehabilitation to waterway protection and education, the Times notes.
"Being able to undertake projects like these has a clear and extensive positive impact on our environment, now and for future generations," the official says. Read the Entire Article
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