Australia’s first conference dedicated to addressing the risks of natural disasters for the waste and resource recovery industry will be held at the end of April.
The WasteNSW 2016 Natural Disasters, Risk Management Conference, organised by the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), will take place between 27 and 29 April at Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley, NSW.
The program features expert speakers from a range of backgrounds, including academia, politics and environmental solutions, who have extensive experience and knowledge of waste management and clean-up requirements following extreme weather events, such as bushfires, cyclones and floods. Each presentation will examine the impact natural disasters have upon waste management and resource recovery assets, how best to protect them from natural disasters and minimise disruptions to operations.
The former Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, provides the keynote address. Ms Bligh was in office during the 2010/11 Queensland floods, and oversaw the management of the aftermath.
Tony Pearce, Inspector-General Emergency Management for Victoria’s Department of Justice and Regulation, is the second keynote speaker. He has worked in intelligence, national security, emergency and crisis management roles for more than 30 years, including four years with the Australian Government in the role of Director-General Emergency Management Australia.
Aside from the speaker presentations and in-depth workshop, the program offers several social and networking opportunities. This includes a golf tournament co-ordinated by an ex-PGA professional, and a conference dinner.
Full details of the program, speakers, registration and accommodation are available on the conference website.