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Plan to tackle illegal dumping across state

THE Queensland Government will roll out a statewide litter and illegal dumping action plan in a bid to reduce the effects people have on the environment.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell told State Parliament on Wednesday litter and illegal dumping was everyone's responsibility.

"We are committed to improving everyone's local environment the length and breadth of this state," he said.

"Sadly, throwing a cigarette butt out of the car window, leaving behind tangled fishing line at the beach, depositing unwanted household goods outside a charity bin and dumping rubbish in bushland happens every day.

"These are all choices made by some individuals, yet all have a collective impact on the community, the environment and our economy."

Mr Powell said the State Government had committed $5.6 million towards the plan over the next four years.

"Some actions are already being implemented, including the first round of equipment grants to assist local governments to purchase surveillance cameras; the training and resources for local governments to improve their investigation skills and piloting a hot-spot program," he said.

"Rubbish dumped in our streets, at the local reserve or in the local creek is unacceptable.

"Encouraging more people to express community pride and take action to influence the few who damage our open spaces will be key to this plan."



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