Community views help shape regional waste plan

Residents in Burdekin, Townsville, Hinchinbrook and Charters Towers council areas are having direct input into a long-term regional plan for the management of waste.

All four councils have collaborated to develop the NQ Regional Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan with information on the latest waste management practices, technical data, and community feedback received during five weeks of consultation.

The draft Plan, now available on Council’s website for public comment, outlines strategies to reduce the volume and cost to manage the region’s waste which is projected to grow from 408,000 tonnes in 2012/13 to 506,000 in 2024.

Burdekin Shire Councillor Pierina Dalle Cort and Council’s Health and Environment Manager Beth Whitworth joined representatives from the Charters Towers, Townsville and Hinchinbrook councils to release the draft Plan at the Hervey Range landfill yesterday (Thurs June 19).

Mrs Whitworth said feedback from the Burdekin community was critical to help the plan’s study team understand current individual waste management practices and the community’s aspirations for managing waste in the future.

“This plan is providing the four councils the opportunity to undertake a coordinated approach to reducing and managing waste,” she said.

The vision of the Plan, North Queensland – moving towards sustainable waste management by 2024, is to be delivered through five main themes:

  •  avoidance and waste reduction
  • landfill diversion
  • protecting human health and environment
  • development of sustainability opportunities
  • community values and collaboration.

Key initiatives and actions for councils to address have been incorporated into action plans for each council area. The key initiatives in the Burdekin will include the collection of hazardous wastes and the importance of the drumMUSTER program.

The Plan will be available online on each council website until July 11 before being finalised.

The development of the plan is jointly funded by all four councils, with a 50 per cent grant from the State Government for advancing regional waste management efficiencies.

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