Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes

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    $18,000 grant for Rockingham Regional Environment Centre

    12/12/2000 4:50 AM
     
    12/12/00

    Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said the Rockingham Regional Environment Centre Inc has received a grant of $18,020 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

    The grant will go towards its waste resource pilot program aimed at educating the regional community on the practical methods of implementing the 3R philosophy, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

    This project will involve the research of current global best practices in domestic waste management.

    From this investigation a series of waste management systems will be implemented in the centre’s daily operations. These systems will function as working examples of the Waste to Resource program, illustrating how the community can benefit through the implementation of the 3R philosophy.

    Mrs Edwardes said Rockingham Regional Environment Centre Inc was one of 41 recipients of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund totalling $1.02 million that were announced today.

    Western Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Fund is raised from a levy on waste disposed to landfill. It is used to sponsor innovative waste reduction and recycling activities throughout the State.

    “Each year almost $5 million is raised from the levy,” the Minister said.

    “Under the grants program, financial assistance is given to local communities, industry and local government organisations who have projects which will contribute towards the achievement of the State’s waste reduction targets.

    “The grant is generally on a dollar-for-dollar basis and the preparedness of applicants to be equal partners in the projects demonstrates their commitment.”

    Rockingham Regional Environment Centre believes that public education is one of the most important and effective methods of reducing waste in our environment.

    Mrs Edwardes congratulated all successful recipients of grants in this funding round.

    The total amount of grant funding under the program now totals over $6 million. An additional $2.2 million has also been allocated from the fund under the Municipal Recycling Services rebate scheme, which is a performance based incentive to local councils to reward them for their kerbside recycling collection efforts.

    Mrs Edwardes reminded potential applicants that these grants would be advertised more frequently in future.

    “The number of funding rounds has now increased from twice yearly to six times each year,” she said.

    The round that has recently been advertised will close on Friday, December 29. Inquiries for grants should be directed to the Funded Programs section of the Department of Environmental Protection on 9222 8608.

    Media contact: Steve Manchee on 9421 7777