$1 million grants to boost access to Containers for Change

Published: Comments:
Conservation Environment Queensland Government

Social:   

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can access a $1 million fund which is set up to assist in delivering improved access to the container refund scheme.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring all Queenslanders are able to participate in the new container refund scheme, which starts on 1 November 2018.

“November 1 will mark the very beginning of the scheme and as more Queenslanders participate and the scheme grows, we expect more and more refund sites will be established across the state,” Ms Enoch said.

“We recognise that some remote communities will require additional support to get permanent container refund and donation points established in their communities,” Minister Enoch said.

“Supporting our regions and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is of the utmost importance which is why we are inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils to apply for up to $50,000 to help them participate in the scheme.

“The funding will be used for projects to establish enhanced infrastructure and services, storage and sorting equipment, collection cages, bins and transportation.”

Container Exchange (COEX) is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for implementing and managing the container refund scheme. COEX Board Acting Chair Alby Taylor said interim measures are being established to allow people in remote communities to get the 10 cent refund per container.

“Interim measures, such as mobile drop-off points, are being made available to remote and regional communities and this funding will allow more permanent points to be established,” he said.

“For some of these communities it will be their first experience in accessing recycling services, so we need to work closely with them to meet their needs.

“Our aim is to build a sustainable, world-class container refund scheme.  

“As the scheme grows, we expect more and more refund and drop off points to be established and to be accessed by the community.”

Ms Enoch said community groups and not-for-profit organisations from across the State were also invited to apply for up to $10,000 so they too could participate in and benefit from the scheme.

“This funding will help establish new social enterprises that will provide long-term economic and environmental benefits to these communities, and I encourage all eligible groups to apply,” Ms Enoch said.

Queensland’s container refund scheme will commence on 1 November 2018, with more than 230 container refund points in operation across the state. The number of these sites will continue to grow as the scheme rolls out.

Further information on the grants: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/funding-grants

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

 
Environment and Heritage Protection : Queensland Government :
GPO Box 2454, Brisbane QLD 4001, Queensland Wide
13 74 68
Environment and Heritage Protection : Queensland Government
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Great Sandy Marine Park – have your say on future management 14 January 2019 | Boaties, fishers and users of the Great Sandy Marine Park are invited to take part in a review of the park’s zoning plan to help guide its future management. More information...
Discover some of life’s best moments in Queensland National Parks 05 January 2019 | Queenslanders are being encouraged to create, share and remember some of life’s best moments while visiting the state’s unique parks and forests. More information...
Get out and about these summer holidays 12 December 2018 | The summer holidays are the perfect time to get out and enjoy Queensland’s great outdoors. More information...
Improved koala mapping leads to better outcomes for koala habitat 08 December 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to protect koalas, with an extra 190,000 hectares of koala habitat now added to essential habitat mapping. More information...
Govt sets out to put Queensland at forefront of international water modelling 21 November 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government established the Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) in 2017 as a first step to increasing Queensland’s water modelling capacity. More information...
Palaszczuk Government announces waste levy funding 17 November 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government has announced the next step in its plan to improve waste management in Queensland. More information...
Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger base opens in Hervey Bay 06 November 2018 | Hervey Bay is home to the new Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger base, marking a significant milestone in the establishment of the new team. More information...
Bundaberg bells ring in the start of turtle season 31 October 2018 | Church Bells in Bundaberg will be ringing today for the return of nesting turtles to Mon Repos. More information...
New round of Nature Refuge Landholder grants now open 26 October 2018 | Nature refuge landholders can apply for a share of $250,000 under round two of the Palaszczuk Government’s Nature Refuge Landholder grants scheme. More information...
Latest State of the Environment Report highlights significance of environmental projects 26 October 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government’s efforts to protect Queensland’s environment have been highlighted in the latest State of the Environment Report. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service