Gayle Tierney, the State Member for Western Victoria, today announced a $41,017 grant from the Bracks Government to Colac-Otway Shire Council and Apollo Bay/Kennett River Public Reserves Committee of Management for 23 new recycling stations in Apollo Bay and Colac CBD’S and Apollo Bay Foreshore.
“Apollo Bay is a key tourist destination in the heart of Colac-Otway Shire, attracting more than 500,000 visitors each year,” Ms. Tierney said.
“This initiative, funded through Sustainability Victoria, will help residents and visitors to apply good recycling habits when they are in public places.”
Ms. Tierney said the $41,01grant would help recover more than 1000m³ of commingled recycling annually.
“This will capture valuable materials from the waste stream and save water and energy.”
“These recycling stations will recover resources, like paper & cardboard, glass, steel, aluminium and plastics,” she said.
“And they will contribute to reducing litter – by their presence, they will encourage and help residents and tourists to do the right thing.”
The grant from the Bracks Government will be matched by a $42,817 contribution from Colac-Otway Shire Council.
Victoria’s Minister for the Environment, John Thwaites, said in total 13 projects will be completed in the next 12 months at a cost of $260,000.
“This program is managed by Sustainability Victoria and is a key part of our Towards Zero Waste Strategy,” he said.
For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au or contact the office of Gayle Tierney MP on 5224 2088.