A helping hand is on the way, with $500,000 to assist primary producers and landholders with the cost of removing and safely disposing of hazardous waste.
The Keeping Queensland Clean: Illegal Dumping Grant Program will provide up to $500,000 (excluding GST) in grants to eligible recipients for projects which seek to reduce the amount of illegally dumped material in our environment and ensure its appropriate disposal or recovery.
Grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) will be provided for activities to remove hazardous illegally dumped waste and/ or illegally dumped waste that is difficult to access or requires specialist equipment to remove due to the location or size of the material.
Queensland Primary Producers, Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies, Nature refuge holders and Special Wildlife Reserve managers are able to apply for a grant in their own right.
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the program would aid in the clean-up and removal of problematic waste from the environment.
We know Queensland’s primary producers have a real problem on their hands when it comes to cleaning up illegally dumped waste on their land,” Minister Scanlon said. “It’s costly and draws funds and resources away from their work and other vital activities.”
“This is a great program designed to help landowners keep their land clear of waste, and I encourage all eligible groups to submit an application,” Scanlon said
The grants program will open on 10 January 2022 and will close on 18 February 2022.
All applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants, the department’s online grants administration program. Applications close at 3pm on Friday, 18 February 2022.