Newly appointed Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland CEO Mark Smith discusses the role of the workforce and upcoming leaders in shaping solutions for a sustainable future.
The Stakeholder Advisory Group that will co-design Queensland’s waste management strategy held its first meeting on Friday in Brisbane.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Stakeholder Advisory Group would provide strategic advice to the Palaszczuk Government to help inform a comprehensive resource recovery, recycling and waste management strategy.
“Today the stakeholder group will be discussing the report into the transport of waste into Queensland, led by Justice Peter Lyons, the Queensland Treasury Corporation report into economic opportunities in Queensland’s waste industry, the group’s terms of reference, and the most appropriate way forward,” Ms Enoch said.
“It is this consultative process that will help determine the most appropriate mechanisms for the waste strategy, including a waste levy that will have measures in place to avoid costs for Queensland households.”
The Stakeholder Advisory Group consists of representatives from across the waste industry and key business groups, including Local Government Association of Queensland, Australian Council of Recycling, Waste Recycling Industry Association (Queensland), Waste Management Association of Australia, Sustainable Business Australia, Australian Industry Group, Chamber of Commerce Industry Queensland and Master Builders Association Queensland.
Ms Enoch said it was important to go through a collaborative and consultative process to develop the best framework for Queensland.
“It is important we get input from multiple areas to help determine the most appropriate way forward for waste management.
“Not only do we need to stop the interstate trucks, we also need to direct waste away from landfill and look at how we manage waste in our state for the long term.”
Ms Enoch also said she will ensure there are regional representatives as part of the Stakeholder Advisory Group.