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Grants and funding

Current rounds open for applications

Keeping Queensland Clean: Illegal Dumping Grant Program

About the program

The Keeping Queensland Clean: Illegal Dumping Grant Program will provide up to $500,000 (excluding GST) in grants to eligible recipients for projects which seek to reduce the amount of illegally dumped material in our environment and ensure its appropriate disposal or recovery.

Grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) will be provided for activities to remove:

  • hazardous illegally dumped waste and/ or
  • illegally dumped waste that is difficult to access or requires specialist equipment to remove due to the location or size of the material.

The following entities are eligible to apply for a grant in their own right:

  • Queensland Primary Producers
  • Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies
  • Nature refuge holders
  • Special Wildlife Reserve managers.

Project sponsors must be one of the following organisations:

  • an organisation eligible to apply for funding in their own right
  • a Peak body
  • a local government authority.

More information regarding the Illegal Dumping Grant can be found in the Keeping Queensland Clean: Illegal Dumping Grant Program – Guidelines for applicants (PDF, 417 KB)

All applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants, the department’s online grants administration program.

Applications close at 3pm on Friday, 18 February 2022.

Closed rounds

Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program - Round 1

Round one of the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program provided $3.6 million in funding to councils over 12 months to monitor, act on and prevent illegal dumping activities.

The program was based on a 6 month pilot partnership with four councils chosen to participate based on several criteria including the number of illegal dumping incidents reported over a two years period, environmental damage and proximity to built-up areas. The four participating pilot councils were:

  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • City of Gold Coast.

About the program

The Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program funded additional on-ground officers to investigate and prevent illegally dumped waste entering Queensland’s environment.

Funding was limited to a maximum of $200,000 per council.

Successful Round 1 grant recipients

Successful applicants under Round 1 of the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program were announced in 2020 and included 20 projects totalling $3 601 609 across 27 participating local governments.

The funding allowed councils to employ 31 dedicated illegal dumping compliance officers for 12 months and included four joint local government projects, to maximise the delivery of the illegal dumping compliance projects in regional Queensland.

Collaborating Councils

Amount allocated

Townsville City Council

Burdekin Shire Council

Charters Towers Regional Council,

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

$630,000

South Burnett Regional Council

North Burnett Regional Council

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council

$158,500

Mareeba Shire Council

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Carpentaria Shire Council

$369,550

Individual Councils

Amount allocated

Balonne Shire Council $129,460
Brisbane City Council $199,947
Bundaberg Regional Council $185,701
Cairns Regional Council $200,000
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council $78,000
City of Gold Coast Council $185,000
Douglas Shire Council $84,042
Fraser Coast Regional Council $99,000
Gladstone Regional Council $114,722
Ipswich City Council $200,000
Lockyer Valley Regional Council $91,080
Logan City Council $175,627
Mackay Regional Council $134,710
Moreton Bay Regional Council $90,000
Rockhampton Regional Council $164,894
Sunshine Coast Regional Council $180,297
Western Downs Regional Council $131,080

Illegal Dumping Hotspot Grants Program

About the program

The Local Government Illegal Dumping Hotspot Grants Program is providing $1.35 million in funding to councils to support projects that aim to prevent or reduce illegal dumping in hotspot areas.

These projects include prevention activities, behaviour change programs, infrastructure development, education projects, and surveillance projects. The program also funds the collection of comprehensive data for the identification of illegal dumping hotspot locations that will support future prevention or intervention activities and strategy development.

More information regarding the Hotspot Grants can be found in the Local Government Illegal Dumping Hotspot Grants – Guidelines for applicants (PDF, 1.5 MB) .

Downloadable collateral and guides are available to support prevention activities.

Successful grant recipients

A total of 32 councils were successful under the Local Government Illegal Dumping Hotspot Grants Program.

Council

Project summary

Amount allocated

Balonne Shire Council

Identify illegal dumping hotspots, increase awareness within the community and local businesses, conduct clean-up activities, and target correct disposal of tyres.

$57,500

Brisbane City Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots through increasing covert and overt surveillance and installing additional signage at hotspot locations.

$59,526

Bundaberg Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by installing interventions such as signs and physical barriers. Conducting advertising campaigns, clean-up activities, surveillance and compliance at these sites.

$42,593

Burdekin Shire Council

Target riparian and beach illegal dumping hotspots by removing existing waste, installing signage, conducting surveillance and a public awareness campaign.

$59,094

Carpentaria Shire Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$60,000

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community awareness raising, installing signage and increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$20,500

Central Highlands Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by increasing engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities. Introducing learning activities for local schools to increase awareness of correct disposal of waste.

$60,000

Charters Towers Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots through an advertising campaign, clean-up activities, installing fencing and signage and conducting surveillance and compliance activities.

$20,000

Cook Shire Council

Gather baseline data on the location, waste types and scale of illegal dumping in the region to identify hotspots.

$20,000

Douglas Shire Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots for clean-up activities and the development of educational videos to raise awareness of illegal dumping impacts and reporting.

$22,053

Gladstone Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities. Introduce learning activities for local schools to increase awareness of correct disposal of waste.

$34,323

City of Gold Coast

Target kerbside illegal dumping hotspots outside multi-unit dwellings by trialling several intervention methods to increase reporting and awareness of alternative disposal options.

$57,692

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Gather baseline data on the location, waste types and scale of illegal dumping in the region to identify hotspots and conduct clean-up activities.

$18,498

Livingstone Shire Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage, physical barriers and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$43,972

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Conduct a large scale multi-media advertising campaign to encourage community reporting, responsible disposal and illegal dumping penalties. Install signage and increase surveillance to reduce illegal dumping.

$60,000

Logan City Council

Target kerbside illegal dumping by developing an illegal dumping strategy, resident toolkit, installing signage and raising awareness of reporting illegal dumping. Focus particularly on tenanted or multi-unit dwellings and engagement with both Real Estate Agents and Body Corporates.

$59,798

Mackay Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by installing interventions such as signs and physical barriers. Conducting advertising campaigns, surveillance and compliance at these sites.

$33,000

Maranoa Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$14,001

Mareeba Shire Council

Reduce and prevent illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising by installing signage and delivering an advertising campaign.

$9,000

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities. Particularly targeting and identifying illegal dumping of asbestos with enhanced rapid analysis capability.

$55,438

Mount Isa City Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots through a targeted advertising campaign, clean-up activities, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$60,000

Noosa Shire Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots through installation of signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$50,149

North Burnett Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by collecting and mapping baseline data. Installing signage to support community engagement and awareness raising and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$10,985

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

Targeting illegal dumping hotspots for clean-up activities, installation of signage and the development of educational videos to raise awareness of the impacts of illegal dumping and reporting.

$51,290

Paroo Shire Council

Targeting tyre dumps and other illegal dumping hotspots for clean-up activities, installation of signage and increased surveillance and compliance activities. Engage the community through the development of educational material to raise awareness of illegal dumping impacts and reporting.

$45,600

Rockhampton Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$54,024

South Burnett Regional Council

Gather data on illegal dumping to establish a baseline data set to support the development of litter and illegal dumping intervention strategies and actions.

$14,300

Toowoomba Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots through increased surveillance and compliance activities. Conduct a targeted advertising campaign, community engagement, clean-up activities and install signage.

$60,000

Torres Shire Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance, compliance activities and clean-up.

$59,800

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$42,689

Townsville City Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by increasing engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities. Conduct targeted community surveys to support marketing and education program.

$31,392

Whitsunday Regional Council

Target illegal dumping hotspots by conducting community engagement and awareness raising, installing signage and conducting increased surveillance and compliance activities.

$60,000