Source: Government of Western Australia
- Nearly $50,000 in funding delivered to WA community groups and local governments
- Twelve projects are receiving funding through Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s Community Litter Grant Scheme
Western Australian community groups are sharing in more than $48,000 as part of Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s Community Litter Grant Scheme.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the 12 organisations receiving funding to tackle local litter issues.
Successful grant recipients include Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Scenic Drive, the Shire of Merredin’s water fill station and the Multicultural Communities Council of WA’s ‘Too beautiful to litter project’.
The annual grants – available to local governments, community groups, small to medium sized enterprises and schools – open again next year in May.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
“Keep Australia Beautiful Council grants support community projects that reduce litter and help change littering behaviour across Western Australia.
“This year’s successful projects have a strong focus on litter education and prevention, which will help stop littering in the first place.
“The grants provide a great incentive for community groups and individuals to develop effective strategies to address littering.
“This funding supports new initiatives and promotes a cleaner, safer environment for Western Australians.”
Minister’s office – 6552 5800
2019-20 Community Litter Grant recipients and projects:
City of Bunbury – Litter collecting, auditing and installing a Seabin on a highly littered inlet.
City of Cockburn – A six month ‘Clean Ocean Cuppas’ program to partner with local cafés and provide litter collection kits to community members.
City of Kalamunda – A project to collect rubbish and litter dumped along the iconic Zig Zag trail with interactive signs that display the amount of litter collected and its related environmental, social and economic impacts.
Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor Inc. – An education program to create a culture of respect and care for bushland. An audit of litter will be undertaken and an artist will work with school children to design a mural that will be installed in the area.
Collie Tidy Towns Committee – A litter education and cigarette butt bin installation project in the Trails Town Hub.
Harvey Primary School P&C – A practical litter prevention strategy to eliminate all plastic serving ware and cutlery from the canteen, with the help of students and staff.
Hopetoun Community Resource Centre – A portable filtered water refill station for use at community events as an alternative to single-use plastic bottles. Education on awareness of the impact single-use bottles have on oceans, the environment and waste management resources.
Multicultural Communities Council of WA – The ‘Too beautiful to litter’ project will focus discussion and behaviour of multicultural community participants in litter prevention awareness and activities.
Nannup Music Club – Providing litter signage and an educational campaign to change litter behaviour at the Nannup Music Festival attended by 10,000 visitors. Includes wash-down and ‘serve-ware library’ stations.
North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club Inc. – Providing a refillable filtered water bottle station at the beach to reduce plastic drinking bottle litter and align with the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ initiative.
Shire of Manjimup – Providing two refill water stations to align with ‘It’s in our nature’ litter reduction project, which aims for ‘Litter to Zero’. A key element to this project is changing habits and creating ways for event organisers, tourists and the wider community to consider alternatives to existing behaviours.
Shire of Merredin – ‘Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute’ will educate the community on the waste that single use plastic creates, while offering a drinking fountain and water refill station as an immediate solution to the problem.