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Friday, 5 october
Issue 68

In this issue...

LG Focus: Collie Named 2018 Tidy Town
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has announced that Collie is the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2018 State Winner!
Residents of Collie worked on a range of community programs that included clean-up days, the reopening of the town’s museum and improving the health of the local river. One Rotary Club clean-up day enlisted the help of 120 volunteers who collected a staggering 4.5 tonnes of rubbish.    

Collie’s Tidy Town volunteers have worked tirelessly to tackle litter and waste management over the years and this has contributed to increasing the Town’s economic viability as well as transforming the amenity of the Town to make it more attractive for both tourists and residents.

Collie will represent Western Australia at the national Tidy Towns awards in Smithton, Tasmania in April 2019.
The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards is an annual event that celebrates regional and remote communities who take positive action to protect and enhance their environment.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson presents the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2018 State Winner Award to representatives from the Shire of Collie. Pictured, from left to right, is Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Shire President Cr Sarah Stanley, Nola Green, Shire CEO David Blurton, Lauren Jackson and Tom Reardon.
For more information, visit the Keep Australia Beautiful website.
LG Focus: Building Haste with Waste
Rangers at the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale have collaborated with a digital consultancy to create an inspection template to expedite their on-site audits of builder’s waste.
While builders do have rubbish receptacles on construction sites, they are often overfilled and missing covers or lids. This poses a serious danger from flying debris since gale force easterly winds are present in the region for up to four months of the year.

Rangers can spend a lot of time resolving issues related to residential building waste, especially as repeat site visits are required. They need to check if an approved receptacle has been provided and if there is some sort of measure to securely cover the waste.

By working with a digital consultancy, the rangers at the Shire have created a Builder’s Waste Inspection Template that has increased their efficiency in gathering details of errant builders, generating warning notifications and processing outcomes.
For more information please contact the Shire on (08) 9526 1111 or visit their website.
Yearning for Learning
On Tuesday, 9 October, WALGA is hosting two events that you won’t want to miss.
  1. Looking ahead to next year’s Plastic Free July workshop from 9:00am to 10:30am. Please register your attendance online by 5:00pm Friday, 5 October.
  2. Contaminated Sites Management for Local Government information session from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Please register your attendance online by 5:00pm Friday, 5 October.
You can attend both of these events either in person at WALGA offices, or online via video conferencing.
For more information on the Plastic Free July workshop and the Contaminated Sites information session, visit the WasteNet website.
Royal Show Waste Display
As part of the Face Your Waste tent (supported by the Mindarie Regional Council) at the Perth Royal Show there was a display on the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program.
The booth displayed various examples of chemicals and nasties found in the home and shed which should not be placed in household bins. The aim was to promote the safe disposal of these materials, for free, at any of the 13 WA Permanent collection facilities provided through the HHW Program. Community members visiting the stall were asked to complete a survey to see how they normally dispose of their HHW materials.

The Face Your Waste tent focused on waste avoidance and education, with displays on various materials, as well as interactive games and kids activities.

The WALGA Waste team, along with staff from a number of Local Governments, Regional Councils, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Earth Carer volunteers staffed the various displays throughout the eight days of the event.
Pictured: The Household Hazardous Waste Program display, part of the Face Your Waste stand at the Perth Royal Show.
For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste Program, please email Program Coordinator Tazra Hawkins or call (08) 9213 2062.

Please visit the Face Your Waste website to find out more about the initiative.
It’s a Date!
The Waste & Recycle Conference 2019 will be held from Wednesday to Friday, 25 to 27 September 2019 at Crown Towers Perth.
Get your thinking caps on as a call for papers will be coming soon.
In the meantime, to contribute any feedback or suggestions on how we can make next year’s Conference even better, please email Manager, Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown, or call (08) 9213 2063.
Time Limits on Infinity
Nominations for this year’s Infinity Awards have been extended and now close 5:00pm on Monday, 15 October. 
Local Governments are encouraged to apply and showcase their outstanding work in this area.

Shortlisting of nominations and judging will take place from mid-October, ahead of a gala dinner and awards presentation at the Westin Perth on Thursday, 15 November.

The awards are an initiative of the State Government of Western Australia and are coordinated by the Waste Authority WA.
To learn more about how to get involved visit the Waste Authority’s website, email event organisers, or call (08) 9421 3600.
Waste is the Word
Want to share your waste management successes, promote a new project, have a key question answered or collaborate with other Local Governments? We want to include your waste management issues in this newsletter.

Please submit your content to the WALGA WasteTeam.
Did you know there is a Municipal Waste Advisory Council?
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) is a standing committee of WALGA with delegated authority on municipal waste issues. MWAC's membership includes the major Regional Councils (waste management), making MWAC a unique forum through which all the major Local Government waste management organisations cooperate.

MWAC members are:
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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