Queensland announces waste levy funding
The Queensland Government has announced a further $6 million in funding to assist in the rollout of its waste levy.
State Minister for the Environment Leeanne Enoch said the funding will allow local governments to capitalise on the state’s waste management reforms.
“We have committed that 70% of revenue raised from the levy will go back to councils, the waste industry, scheme start-up, and environmental programs,” Ms Enoch said.
“And we’re providing $6 million for a regional recycling transport assistance program, $1.8 million to expand the successful ecoBiz program to help small businesses reduce waste, and $2 million in support for the construction industry.”
Minister Enoch said the government was allowing advanced payments to local government bodies to ensure that end users are not hit with extra costs for waste management.
LGAQ CEO, Greg Hallam, thanked the state government for responding to councils’ request for more time.
“The government has worked cooperatively with us every step of the way and we’re pleased to have reached a practical and pragmatic outcome that will ensure local governments are ready for the waste levy,” Mr Hallam said.
“A 1 July start date, even if that means a slightly higher rate, is exactly what we asked government for, and it’s good news for Queensland councils.”