Millions more on the table to tackle illegal dumping
10 June 2022
Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs
The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon
The Palaszczuk Government has announced a further $2 million to stop illegal dumping in its tracks with the latest round of its Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program.
Making the announce on World Oceans Day, Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said under Round 2B of this successful program, compliance officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) would support additional Queensland local governments to prevent, monitor and respond to illegal dumping.
“The Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program has already proven to be a major success, with the results from Round 1 speaking for themselves,” Minister Scanlon said.
“The 27 participating councils achieved outstanding results including the removal of more than 17 million litres of waste from Queensland’s environment – the equivalent of 70,000 wheelie bins.
“More than 8,900 investigations were closed and a total of $1.3 million was issued in fines for offenders.
“Now, the Palaszczuk Government is expanding the program to help disrupt illegal dumping in other local council areas across the state.”
Minister Scanlon said councils that did not receive funding under Round 1 of the program were strongly encouraged to apply under Round 2B.
“Illegal dumping affects communities and precious ecosystems across Queensland,” she said.
“That is why we are expanding this program to get more boots on the ground in the fight against illegal dumping across more Queensland communities.”
Round 2B of the program will support targeted training for local compliance officers, boost intelligence gathering and data reporting on illegal dumping activities and establish a platform for neighbouring council collaboration.
Minister Scanlon said local councils could now apply to receive a share in the funding.
“Different categories of funding are available depending on the needs of the eligible councils,” she said.
“DES officers will work with councils to ensure they are getting the best out of the partnerships program; whether that’s providing support to gather illegal dumping intel or guiding more complex investigations.
“The aim of the program is to empower local communities to stop the scourge of illegal dumping and I encourage all eligible councils to apply now.”
For key program dates, including when applications close, visit: www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/funding-grants
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