Monday, April 22, 2024

Qld Govt pledges $10m to illegal dumping battle

The Queensland Government has announced more than $10 million in funding for projects and initiatives focused on litter, illegal dumping and waste and resource management in communities across the state.

Environment Minister, Leanne Linard said the Government will provide $2.7 million in funding for 30 local councils to aid in the fight against illegal dumping.

The funding is an extension of the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program.

“Stopping illegal dumping will take a coordinated approach including the State Government, local councils and the wider community, that’s why we’re making funding available to employ dedicated illegal dumping compliance officers,” said Minister Linard.

“The eighth round of our Community Sustainability Action Grants will focus on litter and marine debris clean-up.

“Grants of up to $75,000 are available for projects to remove marine debris from beaches and waterways and litter from community spaces such as parks and reserves and initiatives to prevent litter and marine debris from entering the environment.”

The grants allow councils to employ dedicated illegal dumping compliance officers to identify those illegally dumping in their communities and proactively look at ways to prevent illegal dumping from happening.

The Government will also provide $7 million to employ regional waste management plan coordinators across Queensland to improve environmental and economic outcomes for regions.

The coordinators will assist groups of geographically aligned local councils to implement their regional waste management strategies. These strategies are pivotal to improving waste management and recycling and to facilitate economic growth and job creation across regional Queensland.

“Councils will welcome this funding as a positive step towards helping deliver regional waste management plans, and tackling illegal dumping,” said Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) chief executive officer, Alison Smith.

“Councils play a critical role in helping their communities reduce waste and environmental impacts but councils and communities can’t afford to go it alone, so State Government funding programs like these are crucial if we are to continue to build liveability for all Queenslanders.”

Minister Linard also today announced the opening of applications for grant funding for projects focused on addressing litter and marine debris in Queensland.

The Government is making up to $750,000 available for eligible community groups and individuals to undertake on-ground projects that seek to engage the community in addressing litter and marine debris in Queensland’s environment.

Regional Waste Management Plan Coordinators will be employed in the following areas:

  • Far North Queensland
  • North Queensland
  • North West Queensland
  • Greater Whitsundays
  • Central Queensland
  • Wide Bay Burnett
  • Darling Downs
  • South West Queensland
  • Western Queensland

Local Councils receiving funding to continue the employment of an Illegal Dumping Compliance Officer are:

  • Mareeba Shire Council
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Balonne Shire Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Mackay Regional Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
  • Banana Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Gympie Regional Shire Council
  • Noosa Shire Council

For more information or to apply for a Community Sustainability Action (CSA) litter and marine debris grant visit https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/management/funding/community-sustainability

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