GRANTS AVAILABLE TO TACKLE DUMPING

Councils, public land managers and community groups can apply for a share of half a million dollars in grants to help tackle illegal dumping, says Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.

Mr Fraser said illegal dumping was a crime and it put people’s health and the environment at risk.

“Communities are fed up with illegal dumping,” Mr Fraser said.

“It puts people’s health at risk and contaminates the environment and it also costs our community millions of dollars every year.”

A total of $500,000 is available for community groups, local councils and public land managers under the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Grant Program to identify local illegal dumping hotspots and assist with clean-up and prevention measures on publicly managed land.

In the past this grant has funded the installation of CCTV cameras, signage, gates and fences in dumping hotspots across NSW.

This program is funded under the NSW Government’s $337 million Waste Less, Recycle More program.

For information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/combat-illegal-dump.htm