Victoria Park’s War On Waste
22 November 2018
KEEPING our environment clean has just become a little easier thanks to a new project between Northern Inland Regional Waste and five councils across the New England-North West.
Inverell’s Victoria Park is one of five regional parks to receive new facilities to help residents think twice about where their litter goes.
Inverell Shire Council mayor Paul Harmon says the site was identified based on its high use and reputation as a family friendly park.
“Council is delighted to be a partner in this regional project and we are very grateful for the support of NSW Government funding to help this project happen”.
The project aims for a 20 percent reduction in litter across the five regional parks through the installation of eye-catching general waste and recycling bins wrapped in scenes from the Inverell district.
“Prior to implementation, litter counts were undertaken to help evaluate the impact of the project long term”
“We will certainly be undertaking some follow up litter counts to see how the project is progressing and determine if Inverell is making inroads to the target of reduction litter”.
New figures from the state’s Environmental Protection Authority indicates residents across NSW have reduced litter volume by 19 percent and the New South Wales Premier has committed the state target of reducing litter by 40 percent by 2020.
Mayor Harmon says it’s everyone’s job to help keep litter out of our public parks, waterways, and roadsides.
“Making sure our rubbish goes in the bin is the best place to start, but if there’s no bin available, take your rubbish with you”.
Along with Victoria Park, other regional sites to receive funding through the project included Wilson Park, Glen Innes; Captain Cook Park, Warialda; Uralla Skate Park and Rose Lee Park in Quirindi.
To access the NSW EPA tool for reporting litter and someone littering from their vehicle, search for the Report to EPA app at the app store.
For further information contact:
Fiona Adams | Inverell Shire Council | PO Box 138 | Inverell NSW 2360 | 02 6728 8288 | Fiona.Adams@inverell.nsw.gov.au