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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

4 July 2005

Remote Indigenous oil and waste management pilots


Remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory will benefit from an Australian Government investment of more than $600,000 for two pilot projects aimed at ensuring better management of used oil and other waste products.

Announced today by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator Ian Campbell, the two projects were proposed by the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory, which will be charged with their administration.

Senator Campbell said five sites had been chosen for the Northern Oil Hub and Ntaria Community pilot projects and would be developed according to need and community interest.

"These projects will demonstrate and help implement best practice used oil and waste management to Indigenous island, coastal and desert communities in the Northern Territory," Senator Campbell said.

"Both proposals involve on-site recycling and integration with other waste streams and demonstrate a sustainable and efficient approach to the problem of waste management in remote areas - particularly of used oil - which is a significant environmental issue.

"By implementing better waste management practices, these remote areas gain a social benefit as well as an environmental benefit through cleaner, safer communities."

Both projects have the support of the Alice Springs Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination and the Indigenous Coordination Centre.

Senator Campbell said the pilots were consistent with the Council of Australian Government's vision to reduce disadvantages for Indigenous people and would help to inform and support other Government initiatives in the area of Indigenous affairs.

The grant funding for the projects is part of the Australian Government's $34.5 million, seven-year Product Stewardship for Oil Program (PSO) aimed at providing transitional assistance to support the implementation of product stewardship arrangements.

More information about the Australian Government's Product Stewardship for Oil Program, administered by the Department of the Environment and Heritage, is available online at http://www.oilrecycling.gov.au/program/index.html

Media Contact: Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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