Brimbank,
17
May
2017
|
06:00
Australia/Melbourne

Community invited to shape new strategy for waste wise Brimbank

Summary

Brimbank City Council is calling on the community to get involved in developing a new fully integrated waste management strategy, aimed at creating a cleaner and more sustainable environment for Brimbank.

Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said Council wanted to work with the community to create this important strategy because a cleaner and environmentally sustainable Brimbank was a shared priority.

“The community and Council have made great progress in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and improving the presentation of the city and there is a lot of pride in Brimbank. However we need and want to do more to make our city cleaner and more sustainable.

“Our residents and ratepayers are fed up with the outcomes of litter and waste dumping all across the city, and have told us in community consultation that they want it fixed.

Council has Called on State Govt

“Council has already called on the State Government to authorise more effective action against anyone who dumps, litters or contaminates land, particularly rogue operators. We’re also advocating for improved resources and regulatory powers for local government and other agencies that deal with these problems.

“As a responsive, innovative Council, we’re keen to look at new and better ways to keep our City clean and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Integrated Approach Needed

“We need an integrated approach to all aspects of waste management - from the kerbside waste collection, to how we prevent illegal rubbish dumping and littering.

“Council plans to create a new integrated Brimbank Waste Management Strategy that will guide how Council works towards a cleaner, more sustainable Brimbank.

Steering Committee to be Set Up

“As a first step, Council will set up a Waste Management Strategy Development Steering Committee that will play a key role in the development of this strategy.

“We’re looking for community members to be part of this committee. An Expressions of Interest process will be undertaken soon. Please seize this opportunity to work together with Council to develop this important integrated Waste Management Strategy for your city,” Cr Hedditch said.

The Steering Committee will provide Council valuable and meaningful input from community representatives and other stakeholders for the development of a new Waste Management Strategy.

In addition to community representatives, the Steering Committee will comprise Brimbank Councillors, representatives of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group and/or of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

Community Consultation

“Council will also undertake community consultation with the wider community on this matter, to make sure we get wide input into the development of this new integrated Brimbank Waste Management Strategy.

“Our goal is a clean and sustainable Brimbank that all of us can be proud to live or work in,” Cr Hedditch said.