THE HON SIMON CREAN MP
Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
7 September 2011
The Australian Government today announced a $3.5 million grant to help Central Australia take its first steps towards an economically viable and environmentally sustainable waste management system to service the region for the next 30 years.
Federal Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today announced the funding towards the construction of the $5.04 million Alice Springs Regional Waste Management Centre would be provided to the Alice Springs Town Council.
The funding is part of the first round of funding of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), worth almost $1 billion.
“This $5.04 million project represents a long term solution to waste minimisation, achieving a 50 per cent reduction in waste entering the landfill.
"The extensive range of recycled product available will reduce reliance on some products currently transported to Alice Springs like compost,” Mr Crean said.
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon said this was a great project that will not only benefit the local community, but the surrounding regional areas as well.
“The project will create growth opportunities for business to use recycled materials, particularly glass, focus the attention of business, industry and government in the region on waste management practices and increase current staffing levels by approximately 50 per cent,” he said.
“Currently, businesses outside Alice Springs municipal boundaries are required to take hazardous waste like asbestos across state borders.”
Four local government areas will benefit from the project, including the MacDonnell Shire, Central Desert Shire, Barkly Shire Council and Alice Springs Municipality.
The project is endorsed by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Northern Territory.
RDA committees played a major role in working with local communities to identify projects that were consistent with their regional plans.
The RDAF program supports the infrastructure needs and economic growth of Australia’s regions.
It is designed to leverage state, commonwealth, local government, private and not-for-profit investments.
In Round One, $150 million in grant funding has been provided to 35 projects around Australia leveraging a total of around $418 million in project costs.
Round Two of the RDAF program will be valued at $150 million, with applications to open in November this year.
A full list of the successful projects is available at: www.regional.gov.au
Media contacts: Glen Atwell (Crean) 0403 949 599 Alice Plate (Snowdon) 0400 045 999