WALCHA AND WALLHALLOW TO SHARE IN $2M IN GRANTS TO HELP MANAGE WASTE IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES   
 

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that $2 million in grants is now available for Local Aboriginal Land Councils to improve waste management in discrete Aboriginal communities.

Mr Anderson said two communities within the boundaries of the Tamworth Regional Council, Summervale Amaroo at Walcha and Walhallow Reserve at Walhallow are eligible for these grants.

“The grant projects will be delivered in three stages.  

“Stage one is the Expression of Interest process.  Stage two allocates $25,000 per community for the development of a Community Rubbish Management Plan and community engagement.  

“Stage three allocates up to $100,000 per community to implement the Community Rubbish Management Plan. 

“The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program grants will help protect and enhance land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people.

“The grants are an important tool in the fight to reduce litter and illegal dumping, and improve waste management in Aboriginal communities.

“The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program is a $4 million four year program and aims to improve waste management systems and reduce litter, illegal dumping and bulky waste. 

“It also aims to improve the safety and environmental health of communities and improve relationships with waste collection service providers and local government,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The grants are being funded through the Waste Less Recycle More initiative administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The program has been developed in partnership with the NSW EPA, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Local Government NSW, NSW Health and NSW Rural Fire Service. 

More information about the Aboriginal Communities Waste Management program is available at: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/illegal-dumping/aboriginal-communities-waste-management-program

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