BEGA LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL AWARDED $73,000 TO TACKLE ILLEGAL DUMPING

Friday, 11 October 2019

Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council has been awarded $73,259 to clean up and prevent illegal dumping on their land.   

Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council is one of three local aboriginal land councils to share in more than $220,000 in funding to tackle illegal dumping issues in this stage of Aboriginal Land Clean Up and Prevention Program Round 4. 

Mr Constance said the illegal dumping of waste was an all too prevalent problem.

“These grants can help local Aboriginal Land Councils take steps to dumping and make a real difference for a local waste problem.

The grants are funded through the NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative, administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

“The program funds clean-up, deterrence and monitoring activities, along with community education. It encourages partnerships and incorporates cultural activities to reduce and prevent the occurrence of illegal dumping,” Mr Constance said.

“The Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council will use the grant to clean-up known rubbish dumps, survey hinterland properties for dumping, and work to prevent dumping at local sites into the future by installing signage and vehicle gates and barriers as well as installing and maintaining new surveillance cameras at four dumping hot spots.”

“These grants have been put to great use to tackle local dumping hotspots, and I’d encourage more Aboriginal land councils to consider applying in the next round.”

A total of $1 million is available until 30 September 2019 to Local Aboriginal Land Councils to tackle illegal dumping through the Aboriginal Land Clean Up Program. Individual grants are between $10,000 and $75,000.

More information about the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Program is available at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/illegal-dumping/illegal-dumping-alcup-program