Multi-million dollar fund drives local jobs and investment in Melton

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering local jobs and investment in communities such as Melton through a $13.8 million fund for major infrastructure.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the City of Melton was one of 15 organisations to receive funding for new projects to help recover valuable resources and turn them into new products.

Ms Pulford said the funding will keep problem products including e-waste, food organics and plastic out of landfill and help drive economic growth across regional and metropolitan Victoria.

“Some of the items we currently send to landfill contain valuable materials that could be recovered and reused,” Ms Pulford said.

“By investing in this important infrastructure, we can ensure that these materials are recovered and turned into valuable products, creating economic value for Victoria,” she said.

A grant of $391,500 to the City of Melton from the Andrews Government will enable Council to deliver the Melton Recycling Facility upgrade.

The upgrade will help Council to increase resource recovery operations to cater for expected growth in population and rates of waste.

The $1.1 million project will include substantial upgrades to the facility’s layout, capacity and recycling infrastructure, to enable greater recovery of recyclables from material received from residents and Council contractors.

Ms Pulford said one of the key aims of the funding is to reduce reliance on landfills by reducing the waste generated by Victorians.

“Large-scale infrastructure projects like this one in Melton will help us achieve that goal, as well as creating 100 new jobs across the state and driving investment in our communities,” Ms Pulford said.

“The project will improve the collection and processing of priority recycled materials, create jobs and improve resource recovery by leveraging private and local government investment in the waste sector,” she said.

For more information, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au