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About Us

Board of Directors

The Barwon South West WRRG Board is made up of eight directors: four directors are nominated from the councillor representatives of the nine councils that belong to the Barwon South West Local Government Waste Forum and four directors are skills based and selected by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. The Chair is appointed by the Minister and selected from the  forum-nominated members.

The current Barwon South West WRRG Board members are:

Forum nominated:

Director Cr. Jill Parker – Moyne Shire (Chairperson)

Director Cr. David Bell – Surf Coast Shire
Director Cr. Neil Trotter – Corangamite Shire
Director – VACANT

Ministerial appointment (skills based): 

Director Ms. Philippa Bakes
Director Ms. Tara Halliday
Director Mr. Lindsay Merritt
Director Dr. Jane Stanley

Link to Board member profiles

LG Forum

The Local Government Waste Forum (the LG Forum) was established under the Environment Protection Act to support the effective operation of the Barwon South West WRRG. The LG Forum is made up of representatives from all councils within the region.

Link to LG Forum

ARG

The Advisory Reference Group (ARG) is a group established to advise, assist and inform the Barwon South West Local Government Waste Forum (the LG Forum).

Link to ARG

Objectives of Waste and Resource Recovery Groups

In accordance with Section 49G of the EP Act,

  1. The objectives of a Waste and Resource Recovery Group are:
    1. to 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;
    2. to 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;
    3. to integrate regional and local knowledge into State-wide waste and resource recovery market development strategies;
    4. to 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. to 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.
  2. In seeking to achieve its objectives, a Waste and Resource Recovery Group must collaborate with councils, Sustainability Victoria, the Authority, industry, business and the community.

Functions of Waste and Resource Recovery Groups

In accordance with section 49H of the EP Act, the functions of a Waste and Resource Recovery Group are:

  1. to 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;
  2. to facilitate the provision of waste and resource recovery infrastructure and services by councils within its waste and resource recovery region;
  3. to 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;
  4. to manage contracts in the performance of its objectives and functions;
  5. to 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;
  6. to 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;
  7. to support its waste and resource recovery region’s Local Government Waste Forum to enable the Waste Forum to perform its functions; and
  8. to undertake waste and resource recovery projects as funded by government, councils and other organisations.