Ratepayers of four of WA's biggest councils could be hit with rate rises as another authority was added yesterday to the Federal Government's list of Australia's biggest carbon polluters.
Mindarie Regional Council and the cities of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Armadale were on the original list of tax-liable entities released in May and the Clean Energy Regulator has now added Rockingham.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the council's waste facility only emitted slightly more carbon than the CER threshold for tax liability but it meant an extra cost to ratepayers.
"Under the Clean Energy Act, municipal solid waste costs will increase $8.50 a tonne for landfill users," he said. "This will equate to a $10.20 increase for each ratepayer on the city's annual rubbish removal charge."
Armadale chief executive Ray Tame said the council had managed its landfill responsibly for two decades based on strategic advice.
The Federal Government had made landfill a more expensive option so now coucnil rubbish strategies would fit the new paradigm.
He said everything possible to mitigate the tax's impact would be done but he expected waste collection charges to be affected.
Most entities liable for the carbon tax are big mining companies, councils and other big businesses.
Federal Energy Efficiency Minister Greg Combet used his visit to Perth yesterday to counter the State Government's claim that the carbon tax would compound cost-of-living pressures in WA.
But the finger pointing between the State and Federal governments is set to intensify after the release of the updated list of WA businesses and councils which would have to pay the carbon tax.
On Tuesday, Premier Colin Barnett tried to blame rising power prices on the Federal Government.
"That's the biggest impact on cost of living, Labor's carbon tax," Mr Barnett told Parliament.
Mr Combet said the comments were part of the Liberal Government's "campaign of deceit".
"Colin Barnett can jump up and down all he likes but he can't escape the facts," he said. "He has put up power prices in WA by more than 50 per cent and that has nothing to do with carbon prices."
He said average Federal help to households for the tax was $10 a week despite modelling showing they would be just $2.50 worse off.'That's the biggest impact on cost of living, Labor's carbon tax' " Premier *Colin Barnett *
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