Business WoW grant applications to be publicly notified for 28 days.

Local small business groups were recently invited to apply for financial support through Council’s War on Waste (WoW) program, funded through the NSW Better Waste and Recycling Fund and aimed at diverting waste from landfill and reducing the amount of waste produced.

Small or medium business (as defined by the ATO) based in the Muswellbrook Shire Local Government Area were eligible to apply for up to $6000 in funding on a matched funding basis. Four applications were received and assessed by council officers according to the amount of waste reduction that is likely to occur as a result of the project.

Criteria for the assessment included measurement by the weight of the amount of waste likely to be diverted from landfill and the level of awareness raising and education the project is likely to have, measured by the number of people likely to be impacted by the project.

Reducing waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill, it benefits the environment by reducing gas emissions, the need for new materials and can also save money at home and the workplace.

In line with Council’s resolution from the March Ordinary Council Meeting, legal advice was sought from Local Government Legal who recommended that Council publish the recommended applicants for the Business War on Waste grant program for 28 days ahead of the next council meeting.

The recommended Business War on Waste grant program applicants were:

• Vines Restaurant – to assist with the construction of a chicken coop for the purpose of reducing food waste ($6000)

• Double Picc Café - to assist with funding for a reusable cup system ($6000)

• Hollydene Wines - to assist with funding a glass crushing machine to turn bottles into sand ($4000)

At last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting (April 27, 2021) Council resolved to publicly notify the recommendations for grant funding for 28 days prior to considering a resolution to grant the funding under the WoW program.

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

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