• The Bourke community begins cleaning up a large amount of waste (NITV)
A new way of cleaning up waste will be pioneered in two communities in Bourke and Enngonia in the far west of New South Wales that are set to lead the initiative after receiving a grant to develop a new model for waste management.
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30 Jul 2015 - 5:26 PM  UPDATED 30 Jul 2015 - 6:52 PM

Charitable organisation Waste Aid has been awarded a grant to assist a small Aboriginal community in Alice Edwards Village that needed a cleaner environment.

Community member Sharon Smith said that the clean up involved much effort and expressed hope the entire community would join in.

"We've been doing a lot of cleaning up like stacking all the hines and rubbish up and doing a lot of mowing and gardening and that trying to make it look a bit decent and tidy clean," Ms Smith said.

"There is a lot do, just wish the community would get involved too"

"We're just trying to better it for the kids not us. We're trying to do it but you know...There is a lot do, just wish the community would get involved too."

The funding provided by the state government and an environmental group will result in a number of changes to ensure illegally dumped waste is removed, and consultation and employment opportunities are given to the community.

Previous attempts to revamp the communities have not provided a long term solution, but the locals said it would be different this time.

When we start educating around what we're doing um more people get involved," said another community member Lillian Lucas. "It's just a little bit of the same process where things are happening and as you can see the village is looking excellent."