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South Burnett overlooked for Container Refund forums

31st July 2018

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says it is unacceptable that the South Burnett has been overlooked to host an information forum in preparation for the rollout of the Container Refund Scheme.

Mrs Frecklington said the entire region has been forgotten when it comes to the introduction of this scheme, with the closest forums being in Dalby or Gympie.

"Yet, again, regional areas like ours are being forgotten and this is a perfect example," Mrs Frecklington said.

"It’s unacceptable that people from our region are always expected to travel long distances to access State Government information sessions.

"The Container Refund Scheme should be an important opportunity for our local community groups, P&C’s and other not-for-profits to help their groups fundraise or establish social enterprises, but how can they be involved when in most cases, they won’t be able to make it to one of the forums.

"It’s also unacceptable that the forums are being held so late in the implementation process of the Scheme. It gives groups little time to decide if they wish to be involved, and almost no time to plan for the start of the Scheme on 1st November.

"Our local groups needed this information months ago.

"I’m calling on the State Government and the Minister for Environment, Leanne Enoch, to schedule a forum for the South Burnett and give our region a chance to be involved in this important recycling initiative.