Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
Regional councils and business will have greater access to recycling thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $6 million investment through the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP).
The Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) is an example of waste levy revenue supporting regional Queensland.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said this investment will enable councils and businesses to divert waste from landfill and increase recycling.
“It’s great that the Palaszczuk Government is providing this support to our region,” Ms Lui said.
“This package will give regional Queensland an opportunity to recycle more by offsetting the cost involved with transporting recyclable materials.”
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package provides grants of up to $250,000 in funding
“Applications are now open and close in November,” Mr Crawford said.
“This package supports regional jobs, particularly supports councils who want to increase the collection and transportation of materials for recycling.”
Greg Hallam, Chief Executive of the Local Government Association of Queensland said this is a great opportunity for both smaller regional councils and larger councils.
“There are job opportunities here that could really benefit everyone. There is also the chance to reduce waste going to landfill, and increase recycling.”
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said that while support is being provided to help with the cost of transporting recycling, the Palaszczuk Government is also investing $100 million to encourage new recycling infrastructure through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP).
“New facilities could ultimately reduce the distance recycling is transported in the long term.”
To help councils, businesses and community members understand how the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package will work the Department of Environment and Science will hold a holding public information session in Cairns on Wednesday 23 October 2019.
More information about these sessions can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rrtap-application-support-sessions-tickets-74919717893
Guidelines for RRTAP are on our website: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/funding-grants
Applications are now open and can be submitted through the SmartyGrants portal before the closing date of 29 November 2019.
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