Norfolk Island residents will reap the benefits of an upgrade to the Island’s Waste Processing Plant, which is being partly funded through the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund Round Three.
The Norfolk Administration will receive $433,000 toward the $561,000 cost of installing a high temperature waste incinerator that will burn the majority of the island’s waste. The project also promotes recycling of waste, through the installation of a briquette press to enable paper and cardboard waste to be reused.
The Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, said that the upgrade of the Waste Processing Plant would modernise the waste management practices on the island and would have a real impact on the environment of Norfolk Island.
“No matter who I speak to on the Island, it is clear that the current waste management practices are out dated and environmentally unsustainable,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“This project will benefit not only the local community but the amenity of those visiting the Island.
“Combined with the recent announcement of ongoing financial assistance, funding for child and family services and apprenticeships, this project displays the continuing commitment of the Federal Labor Government to the Norfolk community.”
Minister for Regional Services, Minister Catherine King, said the project would deliver employment benefits to the island, creating five jobs throughout the project’s construction and sustaining a further five after its completion.
“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for the community over the longer term. It will mean local employment as well as ensuring the environmental sustainability of this beautiful and unique island,” she said.
Minister King said 79 projects across Australia were receiving funding under the latest round of funding.
Ms Brodtmann said the project was expected to be completed by September 2015.
More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au