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Community groups set to help local environment thanks to second round of the Enviro Grants Program

3 March 2015

Three well-deserving community groups in the Dalby and surrounding areas are the recipients of the second round of funding through Council’s and JJ Richards & Sons ‘The Recycling Market Enviro Grants’ Program.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said the selection panel was impressed by the number of innovative and practical environmental projects put forward by community groups in the Dalby district.

“The Enviro Grants Program reinvests some of the profits from The Recycling Market at the Dalby Waste and Recycling Centre into supporting our dedicated community groups and organisations in their vital contributions to help make our local environment more sustainable,” he said.

“The selection panel had a very difficult task to only select three recipients from an outstanding number of diverse and dynamic projects and programs that our non-for-profit groups have developed to help improve and benefit our environment.

“I look forward to seeing all of these projects, especially those the grants program is supporting this time around, come to fruition.”

Cr Olm said that a proposal has been put forward to introduce a similar program in Chinchilla.

“We have had great success with the Dalby program, and now that The Recycling Market at the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre has been operating since last August, a proposal has been made to introduce a similar Enviro Grants program for community groups in the Chinchilla district,” he said.

The recipients of the second round of ‘The Recycling Market Enviro Grants’ Program are:
• Dalby PCYC — will receive $3,000 to install a water tank that will help capture water discharged as part of compulsory monthly fire system testing and which will help establish gardens to be maintained as part of the centre’s care and conservation program.
• Dalby District Show Society — will receive $2,604 to install a rainwater tank at the new Knox Pavilion to assist with garden maintenance, livestock watering, and dust suppression around the building.
• Dalby Broadcast Association — will receive $500 to assist staff in broadcasting wastewise messages and announcements to the wider Dalby area.

For more information about the program, call Council on 1300 COUNCIL or visit Council’s website www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/environmental-grants.

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