ANDERSON CLEANS UP WITH $77,501 FOR LITTER
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced Tamworth Regional Council had been awarded a $77,501 grant from the NSW Government to deliver projects targeting litter hotspots.
Mr Anderson said the grants have been awarded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“The funding will be used to target local litter hotspots on key roads with high volumes of traffic and work to improve community behaviour when it comes to doing the right thing.
“The road side stops will be upgraded with improved bin infrastructure, signage, and an education and marketing campaign.
“A series of community events and practical resources will be held to educate site users of litter impacts and encourage participation in keeping the rest stops and roadsides litter free.
“These grants support councils to run programs that assist with litter clean-ups, and community education – we all know what it means to do the right thing when it comes litter, but these grants will help ensure that we put that awareness into action.”
Acting Mayor Helen Tickle highlighted the environmental impact that comes with roadside littering.
Councillor Tickle said “People fail to appreciate the impact on the environment when they litter because they think they can't be seen. Litter can be a fire hazard. It can cause blockages in our storm water system resulting in flooding, and it can be dangerous to wildlife.
“Council welcomes this funding and the opportunity to work with the EPA to change behaviour and ensure our rest stops are pristine and safe,” Cr Tickle concluded.
More information about the Litter Prevention grants is available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/council-litter.htm