About Us – Frequently Asked Questions

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Q1 When was the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (North East WRRG) formed?

A1 The North East WRRG was formed on 1 August 2014 under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act).

Q2 How many Waste & Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) are there in Victoria?

A2 There are currently 7 WRRGs in Victoria.

Q3 What is North East WRRG’s role?

A3 At a board level, North East WRRG’s key function is to reduce waste to landfill, increase resource recovery and undertake strategic planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure and service procurement.

Q4 How are the Waste & Resource Recovery Groups managed?

A4 The board is the governing body of the WRRG. Board members are appointed by Governor in Council on recommendation of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The  board of each WRRG comprises of 4 skill-based nominees recommended to the Minister through an expression of interest process and 4 from local government nominated by the North East Local Government Waste Forum. The Chair of the board is appointed by the Minister.

Q5 How is our board informed of the strategic waste and resource recovery issues?

A5 There are 2 advisory committees that operate under the board, being the:

  • Technical Advisory Sub-Committee (TAS); and
  • The Local Government Waste Forum (LGWF) – The Environment Protection Act 1970 requires the establishment of a LGWF in each WRRG region, consisting of representatives of the councils. In the north east region, the LGWF also has a representative from each of the 3 alpine resort management groups.

 

 

Q6 What role do the advisory committees play at North East WRRG?

A6 Attendance at the TAS is by invitation to the local councils and alpine resorts. This committee looks at business project planning opportunities for both councils and alpine resorts. It identifies opportunities to work collaboratively to deliver projects and contracts and provides advice to the Forum on strategic and operational matters and opportunities.

Attendance at the LGWF is by nomination. This Forum consists of council and alpine resort appointed representatives. The North East WRRG provide secretariat support to the Forum. Its purpose is two-fold. It applies rigor to the project assessments as provided by the TAS for the purpose of informing the board on projects for consideration for the North East WRRG’s business planning. The Forum also has a legislative function to provide advice to the board on matters of importance in relation to waste management across the local councils and alpine resorts that require action at the stakeholder, regional or state government level.

Q7 Who are the staff of North East WRRG?

A7 North East WRRG consists of the following small team of effective staff:

  • Executive Officer – Kath Gosden
  • Manager, Planning and Procurement – Richard Paschke
  • Manager, Engagement and Projects – Kim Mueller
  • Manager, School Projects – Linda Anania (part time)
  • Officer, Administration – Kathy Dodgshun (part time)
  • Officer, Corporate Governance and Administration – Lyndal Jordon

Q8 Does the North East WRRG have a strategic plan?

A8 The WRRGs are each required to prepare a draft 10 year Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.  The plans are integrated and aligned with each other as well as the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.

Q9 Do we provide the waste and resource recovery services and facilities in the region?

A9 The North East WRRG does not provide or operate any waste or resource recovery services or facilities. These services and facilities are owned and provided by local government, alpine resorts and private industry.  The North East WRRG facilitates regional opportunities to improve resource recovery and reduce waste to landfill in the way the services and facilities are provided through working collaboratively with the councils and resorts in the region.

Q10 How do we assist councils and alpine resorts in the region to improve resource recovery and reduce waste to landfill?

A10 The North East WRRG facilitates and implements a number of strategic projects each year in collaboration with the councils and alpine resorts in the region.  These projects range from community education to improving infrastructure to assist with resource recovery.  The councils and alpine resorts provide financial contributions to assist with the cost of implementing these projects across the region.  North East WRRG also delivers a schools education program in partnership with councils, alpine resorts and the North East Catchment Management Authority.

Q11 How is the North East WRRG funded?

A11 The North East WRRG receives ‘core funding’ from the state.  The balance of the funds to operate come through grants or contributions from the councils and alpine resorts within the region. The North East WRRG has an operating budget of less than $1,000,000 per annum.

Q12 What are the priorities for the North East WRRG in the 2016-2017 financial year?

A12 The North East WRRG Business Plan 2016 – 2019 identifies the priorities and objectives for the group.  It is informed through the work of the subcommittees which have representation from council and alpine resorts. The objectives are:

  • To deliver a WRRIP supported by local government, alpine resorts and the state within the required legislative timeframes.
  • To deliver regionally significant waste and resource recovery projects including education in consultation with councils and alpine resorts in the region.
  • To support collaborative procurement processes with councils and alpine resorts in the region that lead to increased resource recovery and best practice waste management.
  • To maintain and expand stakeholder relationships with local and state government, industry and the community, including supporting the North East Local Government Waste Forum.
  • To input regional and local knowledge into state waste and resource recovery policy and guidance documents.
  • To establish and maintain effective governance and operational systems for North East WRRG.
  • To work collaboratively with waste and resource recovery groups across the state to identify and implement shared service arrangements that deliver organisational efficiencies and cost benefits to North East WRRG.

Q13 How do I find out more?

Further information on the North East WRRG is available from the website at www.newrrg.vic.gov.au