Miles Government’s war on waste continues with new funding announced

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation The Honourable Leanne Linard
  • The Miles Government is making more than $10 million in funding available for initiatives and projects aimed at litter, illegal dumping and waste and resource management in Queensland communities.
  • Protecting Queensland’s iconic natural environment means keeping it free of litter and reducing and properly managing waste being generated.

As Queenslanders prepare to roll up their sleeves and take part in the annual Clean Up Australia Day tomorrow, the Miles 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 Queensland.

Environment Minister Leanne Linard announced 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, which has seen more than $11.1 million in grants provided to local councils across Queensland since it commenced in 2020.

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 Miles 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.

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

The Miles 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.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Leanne Linard:

“The Miles Government is strongly committed to protecting Queensland’s iconic natural environment, and that means keeping it free of litter and properly managing waste being generated.

“In recent months, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government, regional organisations of Councils (ROCs) have developed waste and resource recovery management plans to guide enhanced waste management and future investment in resource recovery infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions, including greater education and promotion of behaviour change activities.

“We are proud to now provide funding for dedicated coordinators to help ROCs to implement these plans and fully-realise the environmental and economic benefits available.

“Illegal dumping is unacceptable and those responsible need to be held accountable for their actions.

“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.

“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.”

Quotes attributable to Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive officer Alison Smith:

“Councils will welcome this funding as a positive step towards helping deliver regional waste management plans, and tackling illegal dumping.

“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.”

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