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Applications open for $200,000 in EPA grants to tackle dumping on Aboriginal land

Media release: 9 September 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) invites Local Aboriginal Land Councils to apply for individual grants of up to $50,000 under the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Program (ALCUP) to help curb illegal dumping on Aboriginal land.

Individual grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 are available.

Expressions of interest will be accepted from September 9, 2016, as part of the third round of the ALCUP Program, and is open to all NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils. A total of $200,000 will be distributed to projects that aim to manage the clean-up and prevention of illegally dumped waste.

EPA Executive Director Waste and Recovery Steve Beaman said the clean-up and prevention grants are an important tool in the fight to reduce illegal dumping.

“Illegal dumping of waste is an all too prevalent problem on Aboriginal land. These grants can help Local Aboriginal Land Councils take steps to tackle the issue,” Mr Beaman said.

“Illegal dumping is an environmental crime and can cause serious environmental pollution, pose a risk to human health and impact local amenities and community pride.”

The Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Round 3 grants are part of the Government’s flagship $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative. In Round 1 of ALCUP $253, 353 was provided in grant funding to eight Local Aboriginal Land Councils. In Round 2, $172,828 in funding was provided to five Land Councils.

Since 2006, the program has mobilised and invested resources and more than $2.1 million to support Local Aboriginal Land Councils working with a range of partners and supporters to protect their cultural and natural resources from illegal dumping through clean up, prevention and deterrence. 

The ALCUP program has previously funded clean-ups, surveillance cameras, deterrence signage, education and awareness programs, and bush regeneration.

The program has resulted in:

  • 6,108 tonnes of waste cleaned up
  • 1,344 tonnes of waste safely disposed of at landfills (including 547 tonnes of asbestos)
  • 1,706 tonnes of materials and 35 car bodies recycled
  • 3,058 tonnes waste reused

“Illegal dumping is an issue for Local Aboriginal Land Councils and this round of grants will help protect and enhance land that is culturally significant,” Mr Beaman said.

In addition to the ALCUP Program, the state government - through the NSW Environment Protection Authority - committed $2000 to support the Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference in Tweed Heads in August. The event brought together over 150 delegates who are working to develop and enhance Aboriginal communities and culture. This was the EPA's first year sponsoring the program.

Expressions of interest for Round 3 ALCUP grants close 5pm Friday 14 October, 2016. More information is available at


Contact: EPA Media

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