The environment is getting a clean-up with $196 million in the NSW budget to reduce waste and tackle illegal dumping but climate change has been given low priority.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority will receive a slice of the pie with $70 million over the next financial year to improve waste management, $8 million to manage PFAS contaminated land and $5 million for asbestos clean up and management.
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton says the funds will help reduce litter, tackle illegal dumping and boost recycling.
Apart from $102 million to help businesses and communities adapt to a changing climate, Tuesday’s budget didn’t include specific measures to address global warming.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet didn’t mention climate change in his budget speech but did say the government would plant five million trees by 2030.
The NSW Greens slammed the government’s lack of investment in key environmental areas.
Spokesman Justin Field argued profits from the Snowy Hydro sale should be used to fund climate action and renewable energy.
“The state government has no credible plan or adequate funding to reach the state’s goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” Mr Field said in a statement on Tuesday.
The budget did include $50 million for land conservation over five years.
It will be added to the state’s reserves to protect habitats, ecosystems and plant and animal species including the iconic koala.
The state’s threatened species will also be better protected with $37 million set aside to maximise the number of species secured in the wild.
A previously announced $1.9 billion will be spent improving NSW’s national parks and their tourism appeal.