Queensland councils to receive funds to fight illegal dumping

Queensland councils will receive over $5 million in state funding to help crack down on illegal dumping.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the funding will help councils employ new officers, increase surveillance and improve signage to reduce dumping in known hotspots.

“We have seen the success of the local government pilot partnership program, where we have already helped four councils increase jobs to combat illegal dumping.

She said the program will now be expanded across Queensland, with more than $3.6 million going to 29 Queensland councils to fund a total 31 new illegal dumping field officer positions.

“This funding will help local Councils to employ additional illegal dumping officers, hold target programs, boost intelligence and enhance reporting on illegal dumping activities.

Ms Enoch said that a further $1.3 million in funding would be provided to 32 councils across Queensland through a dumping hotspot program, to support regional programs that tackle illegal dumping at a local level.

More information is at https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/litter-illegal-dumping