In 2017-18 the State Government will collect ~$29m in Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levies via local Councils, increasing to ~$31m in 2018/19. Most of this Levy is NOT spent in the local areas where it is collected.
There is no reason for Councils to collect the NRM Levy for the State Government, they could use other agencies like SA Water.
As a principle of fairness, there should be better alignment of where the money is collected to where it is spent, OR perhaps the NRM Levy should be abolished, and the State Government accept reponsibility to fund our natural resources from general revenue. e.g. stamp duty.