Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter
On the evening of 1st November the NSW Premier The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP attended the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Public Service. On the night National Parks and Wildlife Service were awarded the honours in the category of ‘Keeping our Environment Clean’ for their Cessnock Reserves Litter Reduction Strategy in conjunction with Cessnock City Council.
I would like to congratulate all award winners on the night, though I am especially pleased that anti-littering efforts by Cessnock Council and National Parks and Wildlife Service have been recognised.
Illegal dumping and littering are a continuing challenge in the Cessnock area. Earlier this year Cessnock City Council received $264,418 from the NSW Liberal National Government for three projects; Cessnock Illegal Dumping Clean Up and Prevention Program in the Loxford RMS/HWC Lands; installation of overt surveillance camera on Mount Sugarloaf Road and to expand the successful illegal dumping prevention program in the Stockrington State Conservation Area to target new hotspots.
It is great to see that the hard work and dedication by the staff of Cessnock Council and National Parks has been recognised.
The grants were from the $337 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help councils and other public land managers to reduce illegal dumping.
Recently I attended the installation of the Hunter’s first Return and Earn reverse vending machine in Medowie. Another machine has been installed at Mayfield and more are being rolled out across the Hunter before the scheme comes online 1st December.
The NSW Liberal National Government remains committed to reduce litter across our state, and I look forward to continue working with Cessnock City Council to tackle the issue of illegal dumping in Cessnock.