Regional Waste Management Group

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:

  • Reducing regional waste streams
  • Increasing regional recycling and reuse
  • Maintain existing and further develop Joint Procurement and Resource Sharing (JPRS) collaboration
  • Promoting the region through regional advocacy and inter-government relations with State and Federal agencies with roles in waste and waste regulation.
  • Provide a forum for members to be aware of new technology and techniques

General meetings are held quarterly.  Representatives from the Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection regularly attend the regional meetings.

Regional Waste Management Group Meeting Packs

Regional Waste Management Group Agendas & Minutes (2022)

  • 20 May 2022 l Agenda  l (minutes available on request)
  • 11 Aug 2022 (minutes available on request)
  • 01 Sept 2022 (minutes available on request)
  • 25-26 Sept 2022 (minutes available on request)

Regional Waste Management Group Agendas & Minutes (2021)

  • 19 March 2021 l Minutes l (minutes available on request) 
  • 19 May 2021 l Minutes  l (minutes available on request)
  • 23 July 2021 l Advisory Group Minutes and Working Group l Minutes 
  • 30 September 2021 l Agenda  l (minutes available on request)
  • 8 December 2021  l Advisory Group l Minutes 

Regional Waste Management Group Agendas & Minutes (2020)

  • 28 January 2020 l  Minutes
  • 22 July 2020  l Minutes
  • 16 October 2020 

Regional Waste Management Group Agendas & Minutes (2019)

Regional Waste Management Documentation


For further information, please contact the Regional Strategic Infrastructure Coordinator

Amanda Hancock  l  p: 07 4044 3021  l  m: 0418 974 214 l  e: email/a.hancock)(