$200,000 available for Local Aboriginal Land Councils to clean up

November 24, 2010

Local Aboriginal Land Councils are invited to submit Expressions of Interest for funding under the NSW Government's Aboriginal Lands Clean-Up Program.

Local Aboriginal Land Councils working in partnership with their local council can apply for grants up to $50,000 to clean up and deter illegal dumping on Aboriginal owned land.

A total of $200,000 is available for projects commencing in 2011. Expressions of Interest close on Monday 31 January 2011.

There are two stages in the application process. Expressions of Interest will be assessed and selected applicants will then be contacted and asked to submit a full application.

Funded projects will clean up and deter illegal dumping and encourage reuse and recycling. Funded projects will also strengthen the relationships between local councils, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and the broader community.

The Department of Environment Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW) is committed to reducing the incidence of illegal dumping across NSW whilst working with Aboriginal communities to improve health, education and social outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Since 2005, $1.1 million has been awarded to Local Aboriginal Land Councils in partnership with their respective local councils across NSW under this program.

To date, 12 projects have been completed, removing 695 tonnes of waste to landfill, reusing 2,977 tonnes of clean materials on site and recycling 470 tonnes of materials.

For the Expression of Interest form and more information about the Program visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/alcup.htm or phone 02 8837 6000.