Kimberley Waste Summit 2019

Shire of Broome Landfill Facility

Summary of the Waste Summit

The event brought together high profile speakers and showcased local initiatives and opportunities.  Participants were from a variety of Local Governments, State Government Departments the Waste industry and the community. 

The challenges identified for the Region included:

  • Distance to transport material collected to markets
  • Lack of, or very limited, resources – including both financial resources for purchasing infrastructure and human resources to undertake activities
  • Low rate base
  • Data that was not very accurate
  • High contamination rates for recycling.

The opportunities for the Region included:

  • Isolation driving innovation and creativity
  • Local solutions for waste which generate jobs and provide community benefit
  • Local Government leaders driving change
  • Celebrate what we do well and the good things that are underway
  • Working together to achieve outcomes – Local and State Government, the community and industry (with opportunities to leverage private sector funding)
  • Waste Avoidance is possible anywhere.

Speakers and Presentations

Official Opening of the Waste Summit - Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

Regulatory Reform and Department Priorities Scott McKenzie and Aaron Compton - Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Marcus Geisler - Chair, Waste Authority

Litter Strategy and KAB Programs - Michael Aspinall - Chair, Keep Australia Beautiful

Local Government Waste Management Priorities Cr Jan Court - WALGA State Council/Municipal Waste Advisory Council

Kimberley Waste Plan Sam Mastrolembo - Secretary Kimberley Zone and CEO, Shire of Broome

Waste Management Challenges in remote areas Jeremy Hall - Manager Waste Services, Cleanaway Broome and Derby

Container Deposit Scheme Coverage and Access for the Kimberley - Rebecca Brown - WALGA Manager Waste and Recycling

Marra Worra Worra Recycling Program Murray Bell - Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation

Community Engagement and Involvement Anne Jennings - PhD Candidate, Notre Dame University Broome

The event was sponsored by 

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For more information, please contact WALGA Manager of Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on (08) 9213 2063.