$151,360 FOR WALCHA COUNCIL TO MANAGE LANDFILL SITES
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced $151,360 for Walcha Council through the NSW Government Landfill Consolidation and Environmental Improvements Program grant to help address environmental issues at local waste facilities.
Mr Anderson said the funding will be split across Woolbrook and Nowendoc with several projects planned.
“Over $91,000 will be used to cease landfill operations at Woolbrook with the site converted into a waste transfer station which will reduce sedimentation, erosion and potential leachate impacts.
“More than $60,000 will be used to improve security at the Nowendoc landfill site along with installing resource recovery infrastructure to reduce waste to landfill and enable greater separation of recyclables.
“These strategies will help Walcha Council manage the impacts of landfill sites on the local environment and better equip the council to reduce landfill for future generations.
“Landfill facilities must be managed to a high environmental standard to reduce any risk of harm to the environment and the community and this funding will go a long way to help do that.
“There was strong competition for this round of funding with only 26 successful applications across the state so I am pleased to announce the Walcha Council projects as part of that.”
Work at the Nowendoc landfill site is planned to commence in the second half of 2016. The planned closure of the Woolbrook landfill site will go to the Environmental Protection Agency before a public consultation period takes place and a final decision is made.
For information visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/landfill.htm.