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Queensland Government – Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package

The Queensland Government recently opened the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) grants program offering up to $250,000 in funding for businesses and local government organisations to help fund the costs of transporting recyclable material from regional Queensland to facilities (within QLD or interstate), where it can be recovered or processed and turned into new products.

Queensland Government announces $6 Million regional recycling Funding

Applications close 29 November 2019 at 4:00 pm

The Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) provides $6 million in funding to support resource recovery and recycling in regional Queensland.

Grants of up to $250,000 are now available to help fund the costs of transporting recyclable material from regional Queensland to facilities (within QLD or interstate), where it can be recovered or processed and turned into new products. The grant aims to:

  • Provide interim support for regional Queensland organisations to divert more resources from landfill and recycle additional material.
  • Facilitate recycling which is currently unviable due to transport costs, and;
  • Reduce the environmental and social impacts of waste on regional communities.

This is an excellent opportunity for organizations specializing in recycling transport solutions, especially in the wake of the waste transport crisis.

Details of the grant funding are summarised below and at the Queensland Government grants SA website:

Eligible applicantsProject requirementsFunding conditions
• Local Government body constituted under the Local Government Act 2009 which is located in regional Queensland; or

• Business with operations in regional Queensland local government areas with an ABN or ACN.

The applicant must specify the legal entity responsible for the application.

The applicant must be the entity that bears the cost of transporting waste for recycling.

Applications made on behalf of another entity will not be accepted.
• Transporting a single load or multiple loads of material to a processing facility. The material may otherwise be going to landfill.

• Expanding an existing recycling activity by increasing the frequency of collection and transportation of material. This may avoid the need to stockpile or landfill the material.

• An existing project where material is transported through multiple stages of the recovery process from waste processing through to product creation (i.e. operating at a loss).

• New transport routes that require multiple stops to complete a load before delivering for recycling.
RRTAP will only fund the transport cost component of eligible projects (i.e. RRTAP will not fund processing costs). For example, if a project costs a total of $100,000 of which $15,000 is transport costs, only a maximum of $15,000 of funding can be sought.

Applicants will be required to nominate the amount of funding sought to a maximum amount of $250,000 (excluding GST).

The funding amount must be equal to or less than the transport cost component of the eligible project.

Each applicant can submit one application only.

The funding period for the RRTAP will be until 30 June 2021.

All projects must commence within 60 days of execution of the funding agreement and must be completed for acquittal by 30 June 2021.

Funding may be paid subject to conditions and in instalments at the department’s discretion.

Note: Excludes Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council,  Noosa Shire Council,  Redland City Council and  Sunshine Coast Council.

If you have further questions about the program, you can register to attend a regional information session:

  • Emerald – 14 October 2019
  • Townsville – 18 October 2019
  • Roma – 21 October 2019
  • Bundaberg – 21 October 2019
  • Cairns – 23 October 2019
  • Mackay – 25 October 2019

MRA has submitted more than 200 grant applications to date, winning more than $60m in funding for our clients.

We can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success and can assist by:

  • Preparing grant proposals on your behalf;
  • Reviewing grant proposals;
  • Sourcing equipment providers;
  • Providing costings on infrastructure;
  • Preparing the business case; and
  • All of the necessary financial feasibility analysis requirements.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact Emma Yuen on or on 0416 474 642 or or on (02) 8541 6169.


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