$5 million for waste levy readiness in Queensland

The Queensland government has announced $5 million in funding for local councils to ensure they meet requirements for the introduction of Queensland’s waste disposal levy on 4 March 2019.

From now, local governmentscan apply for funding under the 2018-19 Local Government Levy Ready Grant Program, which supports infrastructure improvements at waste disposal facilities.

Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said grant funding could be used for fencing, security cameras, upgrading IT and signage.

“We want councils to have efficient, accurate and secure levy collection at landfill facilities,” Ms Enoch said.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the amount of waste generated in Queensland was increasing faster than Queensland’s population was growing.

“Reintroducing a waste disposal levy is part of our broader strategy to improve waste recycling and recovery and support jobs growth,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Our local councils will play a key role in helping their communities reduce waste and increase resource recovery.

“That’s why we’re doing all we can to help councils get ready.”

Ms Enoch said Queensland’s new waste disposal levy would also lead to the creation of jobs, local waste management and resource recovery solutions, and market development, particularly in regional areas.

“Local councils with waste disposal facilities where annual disposal of more than 5,000 tonnes of waste is allowed can apply for infrastructure funding for weighbridges and gatehouses.

Further information on the grant program is available here

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