The NSW Government has granted $329,000 in funding to 14 local indigenous land councils to improve waste management in discrete indigenous communities.
The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program’s funding will be split between the communities for round one.
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It will focus on reducing waste and litter, stopping illegal dumping, and work with communities to develop waste management systems for each area’s own needs.
The program will last four years and has received $4 million in funding. It has been developed in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Local Government NSW, NSW Health and NSW Rural Fire Service.
The program has been divided into three stages. The program is beginning stage two to engage communities and develop rubbish management plans, which will be implemented in stage three.
More information on the grants and guidance documents can be found at NSW EPA’s website.