Far North Queensland faces a unique set of challenges in delivering cost effective and sustainable waste services. Considering the region’s two World Heritage listed areas (Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef) those challenges can vary significantly from one council to the next.
All councils in the region struggle with issues such as access to secondary markets and transport costs, and the increasing costs and difficulties in developing new waste infrastructure. These all impact on a council’s ability to deliver and operate viable networks of resource recovery facilities and achieve strategic ambitions.
The Regional Waste Management Group (RWMG) comprising of members of FNQROC was first established in 2004 and then re-established in 2013 to consider opportunities in terms of waste management and resource recovery solutions. Members work together in a cooperative, coordinated and proactive manner engaging with the State and other stakeholders concerning development of the waste industry in Far North Queensland.
The RWMG supports the vision and key principles of the Queensland Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy (2014-2024). Most notably that ‘Queensland will become a national leader in avoiding unnecessary consumption and waste generation by adopting innovative resource recovery approaches, and managing all products and materials as valuable and finite resources’.
The objectives of the RWMG are to identify opportunities for:
General meetings are held quarterly. Representatives from the Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection regularly attend the regional meetings.