The Andrew Labor Government investment in waste reduction and improving infrastructure in the recycling sector has been further boosted with $330,000 for the Mildura region.

The member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP said the third round of the Victorian Government’s $20.7 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRIF) had delivered funding to develop improved facilities to the region.

Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd will receive the funding for the Duratrack Railway Sleeper Project. The funding will support building the first stage of the Duratrack composite recycled plastic sleeper production line with a capacity to produce between 50,000 and 80,000 recycled plastic railway sleepers per year.

Mr Gepp said the local projects demonstrated the government’s commitment to building a more sustainable resource recovery system across Victoria.

“The third round of RRIF grants includes 21 new projects receiving $5.1 of government investment. They’re helping to encourage recycling and develop industries that reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”

“The 21 projects, worth more than $36 million, are expected to create 160 jobs and divert more than 350,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year,” Mr Gepp said.

The Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is a partnership between the Victorian government, local government and the business community which is increasing investment across the economy and helping to set up a more diverse economy for a better economic future.

The Labor Government has awarded a total of $14.8 million to support 48 projects under the three rounds of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund.

For more information, visit: sustainability.vic.gov.au/RRIF_Infrastructure_Grants.