Forum briefed on proposed waste Act and authority model

Over 100 people attended an online update on the Victorian Government’s proposed model for a new waste Act and waste authority on 15 September. Hosted by MWRRG on behalf of the Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum (Forum), the event gave councillors and council waste officers an opportunity to be briefed on the options paper to help councils prepare submissions and feedback on the proposed model. 

Participants welcomed the presentation from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Director Governance and Legislative Reform, Waste and Recycling Division, Ian Campbell-Fraser, with more 50 questions posted covering diverse issues including:

  • the role and responsibilities of local government in the delivery waste and recycling services
  • implications for commercial services such as those to retail areas and multi-unit developments
  • governance of the new authority and local government representation
  • whether waste is considered an essential service and how market regulation will occur
  • how education and behaviour change activities would be planned, resourced and delivered.   

Ian said the new Act and waste authority were commitments in the Recycling Victoria policy to improve the performance and governance of the waste and recycling sector, build accountability and transparency, and ensure recent recycling disruptions are not repeated.

The establishment of a new waste authority and proposed governance will more clearly define roles and responsibilities of the agencies working in the waste portfolio and aims to reduce duplication, Ian said.

Ian encouraged councils to make a submission to the consultation and said no firm decisions had been made on the proposed Act or authority.

Consultation on the options paper is open until 9 October 2020. Local government and the community can read the option paper and provide a submission via the Engage Victoria website.

Public information sessions will be held during the consultation period—registration is via the Engage Victoria website.

 

Last updated: 21/09/2020