A hive of activity in Cairns with more sessions planned

WRIQ is currently carrying out engagement activities across Queensland’s regions, with visits taking place in Cairns last week and further sessions scheduled for Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Ipswich.

WRIQ’s regional engagement is targeted at waste and recycling operators and local councils and explores issues around fire risk, and stockpile management.

The consultation workshops will inform the development of a package of work to support waste and recycling facilities to reduce their fire risk by developing an industry code of practice to improve resource recovery outcomes for Queensland.

“We know that fire risk poses challenges for the broader sector and communities, impacting insurance and the industry’s brand,” WRIQ CEO Mark Smith said.

“WRIQ and our affiliates are committed to reducing fire risk, and WRIQ is the just the latest state-based association working with our environmental regulator and businesses to tackle these challenges.”

WRIQ is the second state-based association to work with the environmental regulator and business to reduce fire risk, with the VWMA also working closely with EPA Victoria to build the sector’s capacity and capability to manage these challenges.

Highlighting regional challenges, Smith said he is mindful that some of Queensland’s regions don’t receive the same engagement on waste and recycling issues as the state’s South East.

“With the support of DES, we’ve partnered with regional councils to help broaden our engagement on these issues,” he said.

“We all want the same thing here – less fires, improved safety for workers, communities and the environment, and a reduced insurance burden on businesses.”

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WRIQ’s latest engagement activities were scheduled alongside the Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee’s (LAWMAC) North Queensland quarterly meetings, which saw Cairns become the centre of activity for the region last week.

A number of key activities took place around the theme of waste and recycling, including the opening of Cairns Regional Council’s new MRF, and WRIQ’s FNQ waste, recycling and circular economy networking event, which was supported by NWRIC, APCO, ABRI, ACTA, Charitable Recycling Australia and TMR.

LAWMAC is an organisation of 30 Queensland Regional Local Government Councils encompassing Cook Shire, the Mount Isa region, Barcaldine and the Livingstone and Rockhampton regions.

It also represents over 24 waste industry Associate Members, who are all dedicated to best practice waste management, resource recovery and a circular waste economy.

Formed to advocate the need for a regional approach to waste management and waste minimisation, LAWMAC aims to provide sustainable solutions through its regional forum and interactive participation across the LAWMAC region on current and future waste management practices and technologies.

LAWMAC Deputy Chair Cr Brett Moller, LAWMAC member Cr Shane Latcham, Minister Steven Miles, LAWMAC Chair Cr Neil Fisher & LAWMAC Executive Member Cr Andrea Friend.

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