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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Aboriginal land clean-up and prevention program



The Aboriginal land clean up and prevention program addresses the issue of illegal dumping and waste, and the impact of this on human health, the environment and Aboriginal culture in New South Wales. The program aims to facilitate a partnership project which allows local Aboriginal land councils and local government councils to develop and progress co-operative ongoing relationships through a collaborative project, to address the social and environmental issues of illegal dumping occurring on Aboriginal owned lands.

The objectives of the program are to:

Since 2006, the Aboriginal land clean up and prevention program has mobilised and invested resources and more than $1.7 million to support the local Aboriginal Land Councils working with a range of partners and supporters to protect their cultural and natural resources from illegal dumping through clean up, prevention and deterrence. It has resulted in:

The program was originally managed by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, but is now being overseen by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of NSW.

Abstract adapted from the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change


NSW Environment Protection Authority
Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Illegal Dumping Coordination Unit
Ph: 1300 361 967

Related publications

Illegal dumping prevention and clean-up: handbook for Aboriginal communities (2008)

Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW

This manual will help Aboriginal communities plan, obtain funding and carry out projects that control the illegal dumping of waste and the clean-up of land where illegal dumping has already occurred.

The handbook contains information on:

The handbook contains a form for reporting illegal dumpers, a project checklist and an example of a log sheet to track the progress of a project.

The information in the handbook is summarised in a DVD, which is attached to the handbook.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 9 June 2015
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