PORT Stephens Council will receive a $33,000 NSW Government grant to target litter in the Port Stephens LGA.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced last week that Port Stephens Council would receive a share of more than $1.2 million in grant funding for NSW litter initiatives under the 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 MacDonald said.
Port Stephens Council General Manager, Wayne Wallis said all funding that helps to combat littering is greatly appreciated.
“Our region is renowned for its picturesque coastline and natural environment and this funding will help to reduce the impact of littering. This is a great initiative and we’d like to thank the government for their contribution,” Mr Wallis said.
“This project will target litter at two main road sites leading to industry and tourist destinations. The project will build on Round 2 project activities including: training rangers; installing in-car dash cam cameras in ranger vehicles; in-car litter bag handouts; Hey Tosser signage and banners at key sites; periodic clean-ups; media campaigns; door knocking; enforcing patrols and mail outs. The project will focus heavily on building partnerships with key business and community stakeholders to support the campaign.”
Under the first two funding rounds, more than $2.5 million was awarded to almost 40 councils.
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 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 Council Litter Prevention grants program is funded under the NSW government’s $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.