Sunshine Coast Council’s success not wasted on the world
  • Friday 27 May 2011

Sunshine Coast’s efforts to increase recycling and reduce waste are attracting attention from outside Australia.

A local government officer from Papua New Guinea will spend the next month on the Sunshine Coast to learn about Council’s approach to minimising waste.

Environment Portfolio Chair Councillor Keryn Jones gave the Alotau Local Government’s Ivan Maraka a tour of the Eumundi Road Landfill this morning.

The inspection coincided with the release of Council’s Waste Strategy Snapshot - 18 Significant Steps in 18 Months (see attachment).

"Residents and Council have worked together to reduce waste as we strive to become the most sustainable region in Australia," Cr Jones said.

"We’ve achieved a lot since Council launched its waste minimisation strategy in December 2009.

"To be able to point to 18 achievements in 18 months is a ringing endorsement of all the hard work put in by the community and Council.

"We’ve heightened public awareness, improved the way we do business, and investigated new, greener ways of doing things.

"This is all about delivering a sustainable lifestyle by managing growth, protecting our environment and serving our community.

"I’m proud we can now share what we have learned with our friends in Papua New Guinea."

Local Government officer Ivan Maraka said he’s enjoying his time in Australia and looks forward to taking what he’s learnt back home.

"Our partnership has seen the introduction of a wheelie bin service, better waste collection, a landfill, and much less litter in the township of Alotau," Mr Maraka said.

"I would also like to express my gratitude on behalf of my Mayor and Council to everyone at Sunshine Coast Council for their assistance and training."

The three year relationship between the Sunshine Coast Council and the Alotau Local Government has been so successful – it will now be expanded to include town planning.