Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

    Community litter grants launched in Dampier

    14/05/2022 10:00 AM
    • Community litter grants up to $10,000 available for major initiatives or regional projects
    • Grants of up to $5,000 available for local area projects
    • Applications are now open for the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Community Litter Grants program 

    Community groups, schools, small-to medium-sized enterprises, and local governments can apply for litter grants of up to $10,000 for major initiatives or regional projects, or $5,000 for local area projects.


    The grants, provided by Keep Australia Beautiful Council (KABC), support projects and initiatives that focus on changing littering behaviour.


    Successful projects will help reduce litter at events, sporting and recreation venues, roadsides, waterways, and shopping and commercial precincts. They will also target the incorrect disposal of cigarette butts and takeaway food containers.


    Projects funded through the previous round included a trial of a refuse collection device in a Perth waterway, campaigns to reduce cigarette butt litter and an ocean adventure show aimed at 3 to 9-year-olds about the impact of litter on oceans and beaches.


    As part of the 2022 grant round launch in Dampier, KABC assisted a 2021 grant recipient, Pilbara Dive and Tours, with their under and above water clean-up. Fifty volunteers participated in the event, ten of whom will complete the underwater clean-up.


    Each year a large amount of rubbish enters the local waterways in Dampier because of littering. There is also a significant amount of ocean litter in the Dampier Archipelago, with items found to have travelled from as far as Indonesia. KABC is working with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and a wide range of other organisations to address the issue.


    Applications for the Community Litter Grants close Tuesday June 21, 2022.


    For more information, previous recipients or to apply for a grant visit Community Litter Grants on the KABC website.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


    "The KABC Community Litter Grants provide support for communities and organisations who want to help the environment through litter reduction and changing littering behaviour.


    "I encourage all community groups to take advantage of these grants to help them run these important grassroots initiatives, which bring us closer to our ultimate goal of a litter-free Western Australia."


    Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:


    "The Pilbara community continues to show its commitment to protecting the local environment for future generations.


    "We have seen some wonderful results across our region with a significant number of community members and volunteers contributing to making the Pilbara a cleaner, healthier and more liveable place."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300