26 September 2023

More funds for throwing zero waste

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Queensland Budget allocations to the Department of Environment and Science have emphasised the protection of the natural environment, support for the continued move to a zero-waste society and the strengthening of First Nations partnerships.

A further $234 million has been committed over five years to continue the transformation of the waste and resource recovery industry.

This funding will support Councils to build new infrastructure and equipment to improve their waste management and recycling outcomes.

The Budget includes an allocation of $30.6 million to expand the State’s protected area network through high-priority land acquisitions.

National parks set to benefit from major infrastructure upgrades this year include Whitsunday Islands National Park, Girraween National Park, Daintree National Park and Bunya Mountains National Park.

A total of $38.6 million over four years has been allocated for work with First Nations peoples to progress agreements and relationships that promote respect, culture, rights, and co-stewardship of Country.

An additional $31.9 million over four years will allow the Department to continue its partnership with the Quandamooka people to jointly manage the land and waters for Moreton Bay.

Minister for Environment and Science, Leanne Linard said the allocation to waste management and environmental conservation aligned with the broader vision of creating a sustainable and more resilient Queensland.

“The Recycling and Jobs Fund is pivotal to achieving our vision of a zero-waste Queensland and addresses the environmental challenges associated with waste generation while fostering a sustainable circular economy,” Ms Linard said.

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