Six priority actions have been identified in the Strategy, and after consultation late last year, it was evident that kerbside recycling was the top priority for residents.
The six priority actions identified in the Waste Management Strategy are:
- Addressing rural waste infrastructure services such as increasing wheelie bin collection in rural areas
- Simplifying waste management rates, fees and charges
- Providing kerbside recycling services
- Reducing organic material in our landfills such as green waste
- Developing engineered landfill cells to safely contain waste at the transfer station
- Improving data management and reporting
Community consultation for the Waste Management Strategy will run from Wednesday 19th October until Friday 2nd December 2016.
Waste management is a vital public health and environmental service that affects each and every member of our community.
In the Whitsunday Region, Waste Management services:
•Are responsible for approximately $5.25M of revenue out of Council’s annual $104M total operating revenue (approximately 5%),
•Provide regular employment for approximately 20 people in 6 organisations including Council,
•Visit nearly every resident each week and carry out more than 620,000 transactions each year,
•Interact with the natural environment in a sensitive World Heritage area,
•Carry significant asset and risk implications for Council.
It is clear that this is a group of services which plays a significant role in Council’s mission to be an innovative, efficient and sustainable organisation. To be transparent, have a clear direction and integrate with other key Council services, a waste strategy will progress the strategic achievements in waste management to date, and establish the framework for the next five years.
The purpose of this strategy is to communicate to our community:
•Current levels of service with regards to waste management;
•Council’s plan for delivering increased levels of service for waste management services; and
•Methods to be used to deliver the strategy’s objectives
How can I provide feedback?
1. Visit Your Say Whitsunday http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au
2. A hard copy survey is also available for download here. You can deliver your completed survey to one of Council's Customer Service Centres in Collinsville, Bowen or Proserpine or post to PO Box 104 Proserpine QLD 4800.
The following public displays will be held at various locations across the Whitsunday Region for members of the community to find out more about the draft Waste Management Strategy:
• Whitsunday Shopping Centre, Cannonvale Monday 21 November, 12pm – 2pm
• Centre Point Plaza, Bowen Tuesday 22 November, 11am – 3pm
• Whitsunday Shopping Centre, Cannonvale Wednesday 23 November, 10am – 3pm
• Whitsunday Shopping Centre, Cannonvale Friday 25 November, 12pm – 2pm