Andrew Fraser announced today that Coffs Harbour City Council will receive a a grant of $25,000 from the New South Wales government to combat litter, primarily targeting takeaway and beverage containers.
Good luck to Gallows Beach which is where the grant seems directed.
But here’s an idea for Council to bounce around: why not stem the litter at the source? Rather than using taxpayers’ money to pick up after profit-making corporations, why not disallow the fast food litter producers in the first place?
No fast food for Moonee: Nothing to clean up: No clean up bill. Simple.
Posted on June 27, 2016 (http://www.andrewfraser.com.au/local/prevention-grant-combat-litter-gallows-beach/) by ElectorateOffice (http://www.andrewfraser.com.au/author/electorateoffice/) in Local
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PREVENTION GRANT TO COMBAT LITTER AT GALLOWS BEACH
Coffs Harbour City Council will receive more than $25,000 in NSW Government grant funding to reduce litter at Gallows Beach car park and prevent litter making its way into the ocean, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced today.
Mr Fraser said the council would receive a share of more than $1.2 million in grant funding for NSW litter initiatives under the NSW Government’s round 3 Council Litter Prevention grants program.
“Councils know where their litter hotspots are and they know how to tackle them better than anyone,” Mr Fraser said.
“The project will target takeaway and beverage containers, and cigarette butt litter. Two big belly solar powered bins (compacting bins) and a cigarette butt bin will be installed. The Government’s Hey Tosser! anti-litter material will also be used to educate site users.
“Council staff will run an enforcement blitz to educate and encourage people to do the right thing,” Mr Fraser added.
Under the first two funding rounds more than $2.5 million was awarded to almost 40 councils. These councils have subsequently reported an average litter reduction of 60 per cent at their projects’ litter hotspots.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said this anti-litter grants program would continue to help the government achieve one of the Premier’s 12 priorities, being the reduction of litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.
The Government has also announced a state-wide Container Deposit Scheme, starting in July next year, to help meet this target.
“The scheme will offer a 10 cent refund for every eligible container that is marked with a NSW CDS label, to help to reduce the 160 million beverage containers that are littered in our communities every year,” Mr Speakman said.
The Council Litter Prevention grants program is funded under the NSW government’s $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
The NSW Government has funded 17 other Coffs Harbour City Council waste, recycling and illegal dumping projects worth more than $600,000 since April 2014.
For more information visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/council-litter.htm
27 June 2016
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