Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program

NSWALC has been working collaboratively on a Program led by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) - the Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program  (ACWMP). The ACWMP is a four year Program (2017-2021) and has funding of $4 million. 

The aims of the ACWMP are to:

  • Reduce bulky waste, litter and illegally dumped waste;
  • Develop effective waste management systems through service delivery agreements and improved infrastructure;
  • Reduce safety and health risks by establishing a clean physical environment; and
  • Build and maintain effective partnerships between communities, LALCs, local government and waste service providers to improve waste management practices into the future.

 

The Program is being rolled out in two Rounds with each Round being made up of three Stages.  The Program's three stages are:

  1. Stage 1: Expression of Interest Stage (EOIs)
  2. Stage 2: Development of Community Rubbish Management plans (6-12 months)
  3. Stage 3: Implementation of plans, which is likely to include improved waste-related infrastructure, delivery of improved waste management services, and a clean-up of rubbish in communities. 

 

In 2018, following the Stage 1 EOI process, 16 discrete Aboriginal communities were eventually selected to progress to Stage 2 of Round 1 of the Program and have been funded to develop their Community Rubbish Management Plans over 6-12 months. The 16 communities selected were:

 

Discrete Community

LALC

1

Cabarita Avenue

Forster 

2

Clara Hart Village

Murrawari

3

Gingie 

Walgett 

4

Green Hills

Kempsey 

5

Gulargambone

Weilwan

6

Jubullum Village 

Jubullum

7

Malabugilmah

Jana Ngalee

8

Mallee

Wilcannia

9

Mehi Crescent

Moree

10

Moonahcullah

Deniliquin 

11

Murrin Bridge

Murrin Bridge 

12

Namoi

Walgett 

13

Narwon Village

Armidale 

14

Stanley Village

Moree

15

Warrali 

Wilcannia 

16

Weilmoringle 

Weilmoringle 

 

In February 2019, following another EOI process,  14 more discrete Aboriginal communities were chosen for Round 2 of the Program:

 

Discrete Community

LALC

1

Baryulgil Square

Baryulgil 

2

Bellwood

Nambucca Heads 

3

Brungle

Brungle Tumut 

4

Cabbage Tree Island

Jali 

5 and 6

Namatjira Ave and New Merinee

Dareton

7

New Burnt Bridge

Kempsey 

8

Purfleet

Purfleet Taree 

9

Red Rock Camp

Coffs Harbour and District 

10

Roseby Park Orient Point

Jerrinja 

11

Summervale

Amaroo 

12

Toomelah

Toomelah 

13

Walhallow Reserve

Walhallow 

14

Wongala Estate

Coffs Harbour and District 

 

In the coming months, the above 14 Round 2 communities will receive funding of $25,000 to progress Stage 2 of the Program which is the Developing of a Community Rubbish Management Plan and community engagement over the next 6-12 Months. 

For further information on the ACWMP, please visit the Program's webpage on the EPA's website using the link below:

https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/illegal-dumping/aboriginal-communities-waste-management-program