About Us

The North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (North East WRRG) was formed on 1 August 2014.  The organisation is legislated under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act) and is one of seven waste and resource recovery groups in Victoria established under the Act.

THE BOARD

The board is the governing body of North East WRRG. Board members are appointed by Governor in Council on recommendation of the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water.  The Board comprises of both skills-based nominees recommended to the Minister through an expression of interest process and four from local government nominated by the North East Local Government Waste Forum.  The Chair of the board is appointed by the Minister.

Board members:

  • Dir. Veronica Schilling (Chair)
  • Dir. Alan Clark
  • Dir. Anthony Griffiths
  • Dir. Louise Perrin
  • Dir. Melanie Oke
  • Dir. Peter Olver
  • Dir. Simon Kelley

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

North East WRRG role and duties of its Board include: strategy, governance and risk management.  The board establishes and monitors governance arrangements for North East WRRG ensuring the preparation of and approving of strategic plans, annual reports, key policies and procedures that will apply to it.  The board is also responsible for the appointment and release of the Executive Officer.

The Legislative Objectives as outlined in the Environment Protection Act 1970 for North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group are to:

  1. undertake waste and resource recovery infrastructure planning to meet the future needs of its waste and resource recovery region while minimising the environmental and public health impacts of waste and resource recovery infrastructure; and
  2. facilitate efficient procurement of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services for its waste and resource recovery region through the collective procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services in the region; and
  3. integrate regional and local knowledge into State-wide waste and resource recovery market development strategies; and
  4. educate businesses and communities within its waste and resource recovery region to reduce waste going to landfill by using waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services efficiently; and
  5. ensure Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans and programs are informed by local government, business and community and inform State-wide waste and resource recovery planning and programs.

In seeking to achieve its objectives, North East WRRG must collaborate with councils, Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority, industry, business and the community.

The Legislative Functions as outlined in the Environment Protection Act 1970 for North East WRRG are to:

  1. plan for the future needs of waste and resource recovery infrastructure within its waste and resource recovery region consistently with the State-Wide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan; and
  2. facilitate the provision of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services by councils within its waste and resource recovery region; and
  3. facilitate the development of contracts for the joint procurement of waste management facilities and waste and resource recovery services within its waste and resource recovery region; and
  4. manage contracts in the performance of its objectives and functions; and
  5. work with Sustainability Victoria, councils, businesses and communities to ensure State-wide waste and resource recovery education programs are adapted to the needs of its waste and resource recovery region and to facilitate the delivery of those education programs; and
  6. advise, with Sustainability Victoria, councils and businesses within its waste and resource recovery region on best practices for waste and resource recovery systems, facilities and services; and
  7. support its waste and resource recovery region’s Local Government Waste Forum to enable the Waste Forum to perform its functions; and
  8. undertake waste and resource recovery projects as funded by government, councils and other organisations.

REGION

NEWRRG Regional MapThe North East WRRG region consists of seven municipal districts and three alpine resort management areas as follows:

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board
  • Mount Buller Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Wangaratta Rural City Council
  • Wodonga City Council

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

COMMITTEES

Audit Committee

The role of the Audit and Finance Committee is to ensure compliance with all relevant statutory regulation and legal obligations by North East WRRG. The committee oversees the development and management of the annual budget of North East WRRG and ensures processes, including the risk management framework are effectively operating to support its governance and management.

Performance & Remuneration Committee

The Performance & Remuneration Committee is responsible for assessing the performance of the Executive Officer against contracted performance criteria, utilising the internal performance review procedure and forms. The sub-committee will make recommendations to the board on the associated annual performance increases that should be offered to the Executive Officer where applicable. The sub-committee may also be delegated responsibility for other employment matters as directed by the Board. The committee consists of the North East WRRG Chair, and two other directors nominated annually by the Board.

North East Local Government Waste Forum

The Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act) requires the establishment of a Local Government Waste Forum (the Forum) in each a waste and resource recovery region, consisting of representatives of the councils and alpine resorts in the region.  The role of the North East Local Government Waste Forum is to act as a conduit between the North East WRRG and the councils and alpine resorts within the region.

North East WRRG is the secretariat for the North East Local Government Waste Forum.  The aims of the Forum are to:

  1. develop local governments’ capacity to deliver effective, efficient and sustainable waste and resource recovery planning and management across the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Region;
  2. engage with industry, government and community stakeholders to improve waste and resource recovery management and planning; and
  3. assist the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group Board to engage councils across the region in the planning and management of waste.

 Technical Advisory Sub-committee Group

The Technical Advisory Sub-committee Group (TAS) is a sub group of the North East Local Government Waste Forum.  The TAS provides technical advice to the Forum on matters relevant to the delivery of waste, resource recovery programs and recycling services provided by the councils and alpine resorts within the region.

Key projects that TAS have provided technical advice on can be viewed at www.newrrg.vic.gov.au/projects