The Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) and Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) have been successful in securing a $90,000 grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in the Own It and Act: Round 6 Community Litter Grant funding stream. The grant will fund the development of a Regional Litter Prevention Strategy (RLPS) for the Greater Sydney Harbour catchment. It will include litter prevention activities taking place in the three pilot Councils of Parramatta City, Inner West and Willoughby with the goal of rolling it out to all the member Councils of each partner group. The strategy aims to reduce litter to Greater Sydney Harbour including the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers by 50 per cent – equivalent to half the 2,150 cubic metres of marine debris collected by the Maritime Environmental Services in 2019 by the year 2025.
The project kicked off in February this year, with the employment of the strategy Coordinator and the creation of the project Steering Committee, comprising of representatives from the three pilot Councils, community members and industry. Progress to date includes meeting key stakeholders, visiting littering hot spot areas in some of the catchment areas, collating littering data and developing the pilot litter prevention activities in consultation with Council staff and community groups. There have been a few opportunities for inspiration and information sharing that will feed into the strategy as well, including the KAB Litter Congress last week and the PRCG Catchment Crawl and Changemakers Course.
A community perception survey around littering and littering behaviour is currently being developed and will be distributed in the coming months so look out for that.
The project aims to finish with the RLPS completed in March 2022.