Cessnock Council and National Parks and Wildlife Services will share in $264,418 of NSW Government grants to reduce illegal dumping, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The successful grant recipients are:
- Cessnock City Council - $102,118 for the Cessnock Illegal Dumping Clean Up and Prevention Program in the Loxford RMS/HWC Lands
- National Parks and Wildlife Services (Lower Hunter Area) - $12,300 for installation of overt surveillance camera on Mount Sugarloaf Road
- National Parks and Wildlife Services (Lower Hunter Area) - $150,000 to expand the successful illegal dumping prevention program in the Stockrington State Conservation Area to target new hotspots
These programs are funded under the NSW Government’s $337 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help councils and other public land managers to reduce illegal dumping.
“The funding grant was awarded to help clean up efforts, upgrade security such as fences and gates and install surveillance equipment and signage to deter and identify offenders,” Mr MacDonald said.
“These grants support councils, public land managers and community groups to identify local illegal dumping hotspots and implement clean-up and prevention measures.”
Mayor of Cessnock City Council Bob Pynsent said “We know this has been a hot spot for illegal dumping, and it is critical we address it to ensure the endangered ecological communities in the area are protected.”
“This funding will enable us to introduce a variety of measures to stop those wanting to do the wrong thing by limiting access.”
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said this grants program was an important part of the state’s push to clean up and prevent illegal dumping.
“The NSW Government’s commitment is clear – we want to reduce the rate of dumping and help keep our environment clear of rubbish,” Ms Upton said.
For more information about the NSW Government’s Clean Up and Prevention Program grants, visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/combat-illegal-dump.htm
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