Council set to consider waste management taskforce
  • Wednesday 05 November 2008

The Sunshine Coast Council’s General Committee will next week consider a report recommending that a taskforce be established to develop a new Regional Waste Management Strategy.

Council’s Regional Director Assets and Infrastructure, Andrew Ryan, said the report was referred from today’s Service Delivery Committee meeting to give the full council the opportunity to discuss it.

“This report stemmed from key messages and directions established at the recent waste management symposium,’’ Mr Ryan said.

“It proposes a range of options to advance the development of a new Sunshine Coast Waste Management Strategy for consideration by council within twelve months.”

The New Directions in Waste Management symposium on 25 September was attended by more than 60 people, from industry experts and community members, to council staff, the mayor and several councillors. The Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, Andrew McNamara, delivered the keynote speech, including an overview of the State’s directions in waste management initiatives and the potential benefits of a landfill levy.

Environment portfolio holder, Councillor Keryn Jones, said that a number of global, national and local factors had aligned to “create an opportunity for the Council to fulfil the vision of the Sunshine Coast being Australia’s most sustainable region”.

Cr Jones said she was now looking forward to the recommendation for a Regional Waste Management Strategy being discussed by the full council next week.

“It is proposed that council establishes a taskforce to develop a new strategy outlining a change in practices, infrastructure and community attitudes in our region, based on truly sustainable outcomes,’’ Cr Jones said.

She said the report also recommends that council seek State Government support for the development of the strategy including full participation from relevant state agencies and a technology review to determine the world’s best practice for potential application.

“It’s certainly the right time to give this matter consideration, as the State Government requires each Local Government to develop a waste strategy.

“There are also significant factors driving the need for a re-examination of how we deal with waste in the Sunshine Coast region. These include the fundamental changes brought about by amalgamation, this Council’s sustainability agenda, the Federal Government’s carbon permits and the strong-likelihood of State Government landfill levies.”