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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
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Environment protection includes any activities aimed at the prevention, reduction or elimination of pollution or any other degradation of the environment (e.g. waste water management, protection of soil resources, protection of cultural heritage).

Environment protection expenditure by local government in Tasmania in 1999-2000 totalled $89.7m, of which $60.9m was for current expenses and $28.8m was for capital expenditure.

Waste water management and water protection activities were the dominant environment protection activities undertaken by local government councils in Tasmania, accounting for $59.0m or 65.8% of expenditure, compared with the Australian average of 41.6%. This reflects the fact that Tasmanian councils tend to treat their own sewage, while in most other States a combination of councils and other State agencies are responsible for sewerage infrastructure, sewage treatment and water protection.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION EXPENDITURE - 1999-2000

Tasmania

Australia
Current
expenses
Capital
expenditure
Current
expenses
Capital
expenditure

$m
$m
$m
$m

Waste water
32.8
26.2
648.8
393.8
Solid waste
23.1
1.5
1,047.6
95.7
Biodiversity and conservation
3.3
1.0
97.5
49.6
Soil resources
*0.2
-
24.7
12.9
Cultural heritage
1.1
0.1
32.6
15.5
Other
0.4
-
47.4
39.7
Total
60.9
28.8
1,898.6
607.1

- nil or rounded to zero
* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution

Source: Environment Expenditure, Local Government, Australia (Cat. no. 4611.0).

Tasmania's local government environment protection expenditure per capita was $191, well above the Australian local government average of $133. In particular, Tasmanian local government per capita expenditure on waste water was $126, compared with the Australian average of $56, again reflecting the fact that Tasmanian councils tend to treat their own sewage, while in most other States a combination of councils and other State agencies are responsible for sewerage infrastructure, sewage treatment and water protection.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION EXPENDITURE, Per Capita - 1999-2000

Tasmania
Australia
Current expenses
per capita
Capital expenditure
per capita
Current expenses
per capita
Capital expenditure
per capita

$
$
$
$

Waste water
70
56
35
21
Solid waste
49
3
56
5
Biodiversity and conservation
7
2
5
3
Soil resources
-
-
1
1
Cultural heritage
2
-
2
1
Other
1
-
3
2
Total
130
61
101
32

- nil or rounded to zero
* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution

Source: Environment Expenditure, Local Government, Australia (Cat. no. 4611.0).


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