Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes


    $50,000 to Manjimup Shire for landfill rationalisation

    13/12/2000 6:00 AM

    Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said the Shire of Manjimup has received a grant of $50,000 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

    The grant will go towards a project that will see the rationalisation of landfills in the Shires of Donnybrook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Nannup and Manjimup.

    These councils have identified the need to plan for a regional waste facility because of the limited life expectancy of their current landfill sites.

    Under the project, a consultant study will be undertaken to identify potential waste disposal sites, plan for waste management needs as a consequence of future growth in the region, and recommend the most efficient systems for recycling and disposing of waste.

    Mrs Edwardes said the Shire of Manjimup was one of 41 recipients of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund totalling $1.02 million.

    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,” Mrs Edwardes 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.”

    The Shire of Manjimup believes the project will improve waste management facilities in the area, and expand the opportunities for local communities to participate in recycling. This will help the region to participate in reaching the State’s waste reduction targets.

    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.

    The Minister 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