Shoalhaven City Council is inviting expressions of interest from sporting clubs in the Bay and Basin area interested in obtaining sponsorship in return for implementing a campaign to prevent illegal rubbish dumping in their community.
Council will select three sporting clubs to participate in the RID Community Champions program, based on the merit of their proposed campaigns.
The selected clubs will have until 1 October 2016 to carry out their campaigns, after which point, the club with the most effective campaign will be rewarded with items or equipment to the value of $5000.
The two runner up clubs will each receive items or equipment to the value of $2500.
Mayor Joanna Gash said Council is piloting the new program as part of a strategic effort to reduce illegal dumping in the Shoalhaven.
“The RID Community Champions program aims to prevent illegal rubbish dumping by motivating and educating the community at a grassroots level.”
“Sporting teams in the Bay and Basin take great pride in representing their communities on the field and we want to encourage them to apply the same level of enthusiasm off field, by keeping their facilities and the wider community clean of rubbish.”
“The clubs selected to participate in the program will receive support from Council’s Ranger Unit for the duration of the program to help them execute a successful campaign.”
"We are trialling the program in the Bay and Basin, alongside other efforts to reduce illegal dumping in the area, such as installing gates, barriers and signage.”
“If the trial proves to be a success, Council plans to make the program available to sporting clubs throughout the Shoalhaven.”
“Council is taking an innovative approach to try and address what is a complex problem in our community.”
“Contrary to what some people in the community may think, eliminating illegal dumping is not as simple as reducing tipping fees.”
“Council regularly finds dump sites laden with recyclable goods and materials which can be disposed of at no cost.”
“This is why Council is concentrating on educating the community and capitalising on the community pride we already know exists.”
“I encourage all sporting teams in the Bay and Basin area to apply to be part of the RID Community Champions program and I wish them all the very best in the selection process.”
Mayor Gash said applications will be judged on the creativity, feasibility and effectiveness of the activities being proposed to get the message of ‘preventing illegal rubbish dumping’ across to club members and the community.
The reasons for needing sponsorship will also be considered.
Applications must be received by 5.00pm Friday 20 May 2016.
For more information, visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/RIDCommunityChampions.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170