$57M awarded to assist waste recovery for bushfire affected communities

$57M awarded to assist waste recovery for bushfire affected communities

The New South Wales Government has awarded a total of $57 million for bushfire recovery to public land managers over the past month to help them manage waste and environmental damage in the ongoing clean-up after the 2019-20 bushfires.

The grants will aim to support the recovery, as well as create regional jobs and provide an economic boost for affected communities.

This follows the $33 million awarded in October and the further $24 million announced in November to assist with waste management.

The October funding helped 5 local councils to collect, manage, and recycle 165,000 tonnes of green waste, as well as thousands of kilometres of burnt fencing waste as part of the NSW Government’s bushfire recovery assistance.

The November funding was awarded to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands, and 15 local councils to help them remove and deter illegal dumping of waste at more than 100 sites, as well as repair and future-proof council landfills.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s $4.5 billion bushfire recovery investment, which is continuing to help local communities with clean-up, temporary accommodation, and industry support.

Following public input, five programs were developed to address waste and recycling challenges faced by affected communities. The five programs address issues relating to Green Waste, Aboriginal Lands, Rural Fencing Waste, Illegal Dumping and Council Landfills.

To learn more about the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package, click here.


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