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Environment Protection Authority

Waste Aid to receive $280,000 to address waste in NSW Aboriginal communities

Media release: 30 March 2015

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced that Waste Aid will receive $280,000 under its Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, to develop the first waste strategy for discrete NSW Aboriginal communities.

CEO and Chair for the EPA Barry Buffier said that this funding will be used to develop and deliver a waste strategy that will improve waste management, increase recycling and tackle litter and illegal dumping within NSW Aboriginal communities.

“This funding will provide an integrated approach to addressing the issue of waste across Aboriginal communities in NSW.  It’ll provide local councils, Aboriginal Land Councils and the communities they represent with recommendations regarding appropriate service standards for household waste, litter reduction and methods to address the problems of illegal dumping,” said Mr Buffier.

“An inter-agency working party has been set up to help deliver this program including EPA, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Health, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Australian Packaging Covenant, Local Government NSW, Resource Recovery Australia and Waste Aid.

 “Developing a waste strategy will create a long term, sustainable approach to managing waste in these regions.

“By taking measures to remove legacy waste and providing infrastructure to correctly dispose of waste we are not only helping to reduce the occurrence of litter and illegally dumped waste but are also protecting our environment and the health of Aboriginal communities.”

Waste Aid CEO, Anne Prince, said: “This state-wide strategy will seek to fill a void in current public policy and raise the level of understanding of the issues and challenges facing many NSW Aboriginal communities. The implementation plan will provide clear direction for practical and realistic actions.

“This strategy will set a new national benchmark and we hope that other states will follow the lead of the NSW Government given the common themes and issues across borders”.

“Providing Waste Aid with this funding will allow them to work collaboratively with regional stakeholders to create a strategy that will make sustainable change to waste management in Aboriginal communities in NSW and help NSW achieve its waste targets,” added Mr Buffier.

The Waste Less Recycle More, waste co-ordination support package has provided 16 organisations with funding to develop and deliver waste strategies to improve waste management in NSW.

More information about Waste Less, Recycle More can be found at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 30 March 2015