Water, litter draw cash

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times

About $50,000 in State Government funding has been handed out to community groups and local governments, through the Keep Australia Beautiful Council community litter grant scheme.

Two out of the 12 successful recipients are from the Lower South West.

The Manjimup Shire Council received funding to provide two refill water stations for community events.

The Nannup Music Club received $3895 to provide litter signs and an education campaign to change litter behaviour at the annual music festival.

Nannup Music Club administration and digital media officer Myrto Angelouli said the funding would help Nannup Music Festival engage with its Green Steps initiative.

“We maintain a commitment to minimising the festival’s environmental impact and creating opportunities to raise awareness on environmental issues,” she said.

“Our aim is to take a few green steps each year and eventually put the festival at the forefront of environmentally friendly event management.”

Manjimup Shire president Paul Omodei said the majority of event waste came from single-use plastic bottles.

“The aim is to provide a mobile hydration station for events across the shire and one permanent hydration station at the Heritage Park,” he said.

“A key element of the proposal is changing habits and creating space for event organisers, tourists and the wider community to consider alternatives to existing behaviours.”

The Shire received $8500 through the grant and will be installing the permanent refill station at the park soon.

“The mobile event unit will be stored at the shire and made available for booking by Shire of Manjimup event organisers,” Cr Omodei said.

“Encouraging all people to rethink single use plastic water bottles is a significant step towards creating more sustainable activities and helping safeguard our natural environment for the future.”

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the Keep Australia Beautiful Council grants supported projects which reduced litter and helped change littering behaviour across WA.

“This year’s successful projects have a strong focus on litter education and prevention, which will help stop littering in the first place,” he said.

“The grants provide a great incentive for community groups and individuals to develop effective strategies to address littering.”

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