September 13, 2021
South Burnett Regional Council has partnered with Cloyna State School to encourage the local community to use Cloyna’s Waste Transfer Station more effectively.
The unusual partnership began when a Council Waste Compliance Officer visited the school to discuss littering and illegal dumping, and their impact on the environment, as part of the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program (LGIDPP).
The visit resulted in students creating posters about disposal areas and separating waste.
The posters have now been laminated and put on display at the Cloyna transfer station.
Students, teachers and Council staff met at the transfer station recently with councillors Roz Frohloff and Kathy Duff to mount the posters on site.
Cr Frohloff, who heads the Waste portfolio, said the posters were a wonderful initiative by the school’s students.
“By educating the community about how to correctly dispose of their waste at the transfer station and why this is important, Council can help curb illegal dumping and littering,” Cr Frohloff said.
“Dumping and littering costs ratepayers a lot of money each year, and creates poor living conditions in our towns.
“It’s promising to see young minds curious about our environment and learning how to take care of it, and we hope we can help create more educational initiatives around this topic in the future.”
Cr Duff said she hoped residents using the waste transfer station would take notice of the students’ artwork and act responsibly.
“It’s important to take care of our local natural environments and dispose of waste responsibly,” Cr Duff said.
“This is a conversation that needs to be had with people of all ages in the South Burnett.”
The LGIDPP is a partnership between South Burnett, North Burnett and Cherbourg councils and is supported by the Federal and State governments.