Board refresh brings new skills to resource recovery

The Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GVWRRG) has welcomed two new directors to its board as the group continues to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges within the rapidly developing sector.

Wendy Jones and Vanessa Petrie joined the eight-member board in August.

GVWRRG Chair Seema Abdullah said the scheduled expiry of directorship terms saw the appointment of the two new directors and reappointment of Andrea Richards and Geoffrey Dobson.

The four independent skill-based directors, together with four council representatives, form the eight-member GVWRRG Board. The group works with the Campaspe, City of Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shire Councils to implement a range of projects and initiatives aimed at minimising what is sent to landfill and maximising resource recovery.

“With the total number of jobs within the region’s resource recovery and waste management sector   predicted to reach 975 by 2025, increased environmental regulation and the current recycling market disruptions, the Board has challenging and rewarding work ahead,” Ms Abdullah said.

“We are well placed to apply a strategic lens to these challenges and opportunities and identify innovative and practical measures to better manage the region’s waste responsibly and sustainably,” she said.

The GVWRRG is one of seven waste and resource recovery groups across Victoria and acts as the link between state and local governments along with community and industry in facilitating a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services for waste and recycling streams.

“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise outgoing Directors Anthony Lewis and Geoff Cobbledick for their valuable contributions to the organisation and its various achievements over recent years,” Ms Abdullah said.

Through the development of the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resources Recovery Implementation Plan in 2017 the group identified key priorities for the region which include increasing the capacity of infrastructure to manage priority materials such as electronic waste.

“The Board will continue to provide a strategic framework to guide waste management and resource recovery across the region and looks forward to continuing to work with and engaging those within the sector and the community,” Ms Abdullah said.

“Our two newest directors hold a range of skills and experience in a broad range of areas including business management, strategy development and community engagement, which further complement the board’s existing skill set and expertise,” Ms Abdullah said.

“It is pleasing to see we have now achieved a gender balance in terms of the makeup of the board, which is something as a statutory body we have been striving towards,” she said.

As the effects of recent changes to international recycling markets continue to be felt Ms Abdullah reminded residents it was more important than ever for Victorians to continue to recycle as usual.

“Over the last 30 years, recycling has become embedded as a key service that Victorians use and expect and we want people to continue to recycle within their home and workplace as usual,” Ms Abdullah.

“The recycling sector is an important part of our regional economy adding significant value and creating jobs. We are looking forward to continuing to support and grow this industry through what is certainly a dynamic and evolving period,” she said.

Please see below for a brief background on new directors:

Vanessa Petrie

Vanessa Petrie is the Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions and has worked in diverse roles across local and state government in areas of infrastructure planning and project management.

 Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones has held a range of Executive Officer roles with several organisations including Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria and most recently Goulburn River Valley Tourism.


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