Mount Isa City Council’s new recycling centre

North west Queensland’s Mount Isa City Council has received $300,000 from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland initiative for a new recycling centre, expected to open some time in 2018.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch told Fairfax Media the facility is consistent with the Queensland Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy and council’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan.

When the centre opens early in 2018, Cr McCulloch said residents will be able to unload recyclables at designated collection areas.

“The recycling centre will be able to handle a range of materials including metals, paper and cardboard, e-waste, mobile phones, gas bottles, engine oil and much more,” Cr McCulloch said.

“At present it is not economically feasible for Council to introduce a kerbside recycling collection service and we are not planning a green waste sorting service at this stage.

“That may come, but for now we’re really pleased we can offer access to this purpose-built drive through recycling centre.”


Bellevue Hill Public School receives recycling funding

Sydney’s Bellevue Hill Public School has received a $3500 NSW Government Eco Schools grant to introduce a new recycling initiative in their classrooms.

The school will now be able to install commingled recycling bins alongside existing paper and waste bins in all its classrooms.

“The school’s AWARES project (Anti-Waste, Always Recycling, Environmentally Sustainable) will help change how students, staff, their families think about how their waste impacts the world we live in,” NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.

The NSW Government Eco Schools Grant Program aims to help give kids a hands-on environmental education in their schools.

Across NSW almost $260,000 in grants were awarded this year for projects due to commence in the first term of 2018, with 74 schools each receiving $3,500 to fund hands-on environmental education.


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SA Government commits to wastewater infrastructure

The South Australian Government will commit $4 million per annum to help councils build wastewater treatment systems.

The $47 million funding agreement will allow regional communities to access new community wastewater management systems.

The Minister for Local Government Geoff Brock and Local Government Association (LGA) President Lorraine Rosenberg co-signed the partnership agreement, which commits $4 million of state government funds indexed annually to the program.

The program supports councils to build modern wastewater treatment systems that address critical public health and environmental needs, and provide the necessary infrastructure for those communities to pursue economic development opportunities.

The funding allows councils to deliver the service at a cost equivalent to that which SA Water users pay.

The CWMS program provides funds to the LGA to support the installation of new communal wastewater management systems in regional towns where urban sewer systems are not provided by SA Water.

Local Government currently operates 172 community wastewater management systems in 45 councils and authorities across the state.

Over the past decade, the state government has allocated more than $38 million with local communities contributing more than $20 million since the inception of the current funding agreement in July 2008.

The combined $58.5 million state government and community investment in the CWMS over the past decade has resulted in more than 3000 connections to 11 new wastewater treatment facilities in South Australia.