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Funding to increase recycling and support jobs in North Queensland

Regional councils and business will have greater access to recycling thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $6 million investment through the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP).

The Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) is an example of waste levy revenue supporting regional Queensland.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed the announcement and said it was fantastic news for the region that supports jobs.

“This package will allow councils and businesses to apply for funding of up to $250,000 to help offset the high transport costs associated with regional recycling,” Mr Healy said.

To help councils, businesses and community members understand how RRTAP will work the Department of Environment and Science will hold a holding public information session in Cairns on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

“I strongly encourage the community attend the information session to understand the benefits this package may have for them,” Mr Healy said.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said it was great this support was being offered to the regions.

“By supporting existing projects that transport materials for recycling throughout far north Queensland we are supporting jobs.

“Applications are now open and close in November,” Mr Pitt said.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government knows that regional Queensland faces unique challenges when it comes to recycling particularly the high transportation costs.

“This package will help support jobs for councils who want to increase the frequency of collection and transportation of recycling material,” Ms Enoch said.

Greg Hallam, Chief Executive of the Local Government Association of Queensland said this is a great opportunity for both smaller regional councils and larger councils.

“There are job opportunities here that could really benefit everyone. There is also the chance to reduce waste going to landfill, and increase recycling.”

Ms Enoch said that while support is being provided to help with the cost of transporting recycling, the Palaszczuk Government is also investing $100 million to encourage new recycling infrastructure through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP).

“New facilities could ultimately reduce the distance recycling is transported in the long term.”

More information about these sessions can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rrtap-application-support-sessions-tickets-74919717893

Guidelines for RRTAP are on our website: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/funding-grants

Applications are now open and can be submitted through the SmartyGrants portal before the closing date of 29 November 2019.

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