Member for Murray Austin Evans today announced Dareton Local Aboriginal Land Council has been awarded a $25,000 grant to develop a Rubbish Management Plan.   

The Local Aboriginal Land Council is one of 13 communities to receive a share of the $325,000 in funding to improve waste management in discrete Aboriginal communities. 

“The grants provide funding for the development of a Rubbish Management Plan, including outlining strategies to prevent litter and illegal dumping, and better manage waste and recycling infrastructure and education for the community.

“The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program grants will help protect and enhance land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people,” Mr Evans said.

The grants are being funded through stage two of the Aboriginal Communities Waste Management program, part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

Mr Evans said the grants are an important tool in the fight to reduce litter and illegal dumping, and to improve waste management in Aboriginal communities.

The program is a $4 million four-year program and aims to improve waste management systems, reduce litter, illegal dumping and bulky waste, improve the safety and environmental health of communities and improve relationships with service providers and local government.

The program has been developed in partnership with the NSW EPA, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Local Government NSW, NSW Health and NSW Rural Fire Service.

The grant projects will be delivered in three stages.  Stage one is the Expression of Interest process.  Stage 2 allocates $25,000 per community for the development of a community rubbish management plan and community engagement.  Stage 3 allocates up to $100,000 per community to implement the Community rubbish management plan.

More information about the Aboriginal Communities Waste Management program is available at: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/illegal-dumping/aboriginal-communities-waste-management-program