Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program
The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program, managed by the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA), aims to reduce litter and waste, and increase amenity of discrete Aboriginal communities (former missions/reserves) across NSW. This is a four-year program that is running from 2017 to 2021.
The program falls under the regional delivery grants category, and will amount to a total of $4,000,000 over the four years.
All the state’s 61 discrete Aboriginal communities – those formerly known as ‘missions’, ‘reserves’ or ‘stations’ – are eligible for this program.
The program aims to:
- reduce bulky waste, litter and illegally dumped waste
- develop effective waste management systems through service delivery agreements and improved infrastructure
- reduce safety and health risks by establishing a clean physical environment, and
- build and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships between communities, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, local government and waste service providers to improve waste management practices in the future.
The program is an initiative of the EPA, in collaboration with Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, the NSW Department of Health, Rural Fire Service and Local Government NSW.
The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program is delivered in three stages, the first being the Expression of Interest. It requires LALCs and their communities to collect basic information on their waste management issues and assess their need for assistance and interest in participating in the program. Successful EOI applicants will be invited to take part in the next stages of the program.
Stage 2 involves engagement with the community to develop and design a community waste management plan. Six to 12 months is allocated for this stage, along with $25,000 in funding.
Stage 3 involves the delivery of the Community rubbish management plan. It may include clean-up of rubbish, purchase of infrastructure, changes to services to improve rubbish management, local employment and education activities. An agreed funding amount for stage 3 will be negotiated at the end of stage 2. Funding up to $100,000 is available and 18 months to two years for delivery of the projects.
How to apply
The EPA will seek Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) to participate in the second round of the program. Round 2 is likely to open in April 2018 and close in July 2018.
The Guidelines and Application Form from Round 1 are available below.
Successful recipients round 1
The following communities were successful in receiving funding for Stage 2 of their projects, engaging with the community and preparing their community rubbish management plan.
|Cabarita Avenue||Waste Aid and Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Clara Hart Village||Waste Aid and Murrawari Local aboriginal land Council|
|Gingie Road||Waste Aid and Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Green Hills Mission||Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Jubullum Village||Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Malabugilmah||Jana Ngalee Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Mallee||Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Mehi Crescent||Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Moonahcullah Mission||Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Murrin Bridge||Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Namoi||Waste Aid and Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Stanley Village||Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Warrali||Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council|
|Weilmoringle||Weilmoringle Local Aboriginal Land Council|
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