The North East, Goulburn Valley and Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Groups are legislated to develop Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans (regional implementation plans), which includes a schedule of the existing and future waste and resource recovery infrastructure that is required to manage the regions’ waste.
From 30 October to 27 November 2015 we conducted a collaborative market sounding to gather information from industry and local government about plans and proposals for meeting the waste management and resource recovery needs of the regions over the next 10 years.
The information gathered enables us to assess the regions’ infrastructure and capacity requirements and to develop the schedule contained within the regional implementation plans.
An expert advisory panel made up of government and industry representatives is currently assessing the submissions against the following criteria:
- Does the proposal align with the strategic objectives of the state infrastructure plan?
- Does the proposal meet an identified regional opportunity or need?
- Does the proposal utilise technology that is proven, internationally or locally?
- Land use planning requirements
- Regulatory requirements
- Does the proposal consider community concerns and impacts?
The North East, Goulburn Valley and Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Groups will use the advisory panel’s advice to gauge the future options and opportunities, challenges and constraints that are facing the waste sector.
This information will help shape the directions in the draft regional implementation plans which will be released for public consultation in 2016 before the final draft is submitted to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water for approval.