The Queensland Government has invested $1 million to help local governments upgrade their landfill infrastructure.
The local councils of Toowoomba, Western Downs, Whitsunday Regional Council and Banana Shire Council have all successfully applied for grant funding to help with their waste management infrastructure.
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said grant funding will be used to upgrade small local government landfills to transfer and rural bin stations, ensuring continuity of service for local communities and delivering improved waste and environmental outcomes.
“These upgrades will help these councils manage their infrastructure and collect the levy while reducing the impact of waste on the environment,” she said.
“There’s also the added benefit of improving the resource recovery capabilities of regional communities.”
According to Scanlon, the Queensland Government understands that local governments play a key role in helping communities to reduce waste and increase resource recovery.
“That is why we are doing all we can to help these councils meet the next phase of requirements for the waste levy,” she said.
“Our government is committed to reducing waste and improving our recycling rates.”
Scanlon added that before the waste levy, Queensland was the second-worst state in the country at recycling.
“So, we took action. We’ve invested $6 million in the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package and we have also introduced the reimbursement program for charitable recyclers,” she said.
“These programs are not only good for our environment, they also create jobs in regional Queensland.”
Most projects are scheduled to be completed by 30 June.