Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said stopping illegal dumping on Aboriginal land is being put in the spotlight with $1 million in grants now available through the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Program from the NSW Liberal National Government.
“Thesegrants are an important tool in the fight to reduce illegal dumping on Aboriginal land,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Illegal dumping of waste is an all too prevalent problem. These grants can help Local Aboriginal Land Councils take steps to address the issue.”
The grants are funded through the NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative, administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Already $750,544 has been awarded to 20 recipients in the last three rounds of the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Program.
“The program funds clean-up, deterrence and monitoring activities, along with community education. It encourages partnerships and incorporates cultural activities to reduce and prevent the occurrence of illegal dumping.”
“Previously the program has funded clean-up work, surveillance cameras, deterrence signage, education and awareness programs, and bush regeneration.”
“I encourage Local Aboriginal Land Councils in the area to explore ways they can take advantage of the grant program.”
A total of $1 million is available until 30 September 2019 to Local Aboriginal Land Councils to tackle illegal dumping through the Aboriginal Land Clean Up Program. Individual grants are between $10,000 and $75,000.
More information about the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Program is available at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/illegal-dumping/illegal-dumping-alcup-program