The Mildura community is doing their bit on the war on waste with a new innovative infrastructure project on the horizon – thanks to the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fund.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that Mildura Rural City Council’s is among 19 local councils and alpine resort management boards that will share in $2.6 million to support innovative use of recycled materials in community infrastructure projects.
Mildura Rural City Council will receive $196,000 to deliver their Mildura Riverfront Precinct Car Parking Scheme project – which will see the construction of a carpark using a range of infrastructure products made from recycled plastics.
Together these 19 projects will support 338 new jobs across the state, and use approximately 2,000 tonnes of recycled materials, including; glass, plastic and rubber, to create roads, footpaths, outdoor park furniture, drainage and pavements.
The Labor Government will further increase the use of recycled materials across the economy by supporting innovation and product development with the launch of the $1.8 million Research and Development Fund.
These grants will see more recycled materials used in local community spaces and the development of innovative products, helping to create local jobs and utilising innovative ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose waste.
This funding contributes to our targets under Recycling Victoria to cut waste generation by 15 per cent, divert 80 per cent of waste from landfill and create strong markets for recycled products and materials.
The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund is part of our Recycling Victoria action plan – a $380 million investment to drive the state towards a thriving circular economy.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We’re backing innovative research and development so our waste can be turned into something valuable.”
“As landfill and oceans choke with plastic waste, Mildura Council is leading the way in recycling and I am proud to support them in delivering innovative recycling and infrastructure projects that will benefit the environment and the Mildura community.”
“Projects like these are crucial for state and local governments, as we work together to build an economy where we make the most of our resources, create local industries, reduce waste and foster innovation.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We’re reshaping our waste and recycling industry, driving job creation and putting valuable materials back into the economy.”
“Projects like this give old tyres and old materials a new life. This kind of innovation creates endless business opportunities and jobs.”