International waste study tour

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The Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors will participate in the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) International Zero Waste Study Tour.

The regional body, involving mayors and CEOs from Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay, will seize the opportunity to learn from world’s best practice when it comes to waste management.

Whitsunday Regional Council CEO Barry Omundson will represent the organisation on the tour, which will visit key waste sites in Europe and the United States from August 24 to September 8.

Mr Omundson will share outcomes of the tour and associated industry workshops with the three regional councils.

The tour coincides with a changing environment for treatment of waste in Queensland, including the release of the Queensland Government’s Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry Directions Paper.

It proposes directions focusing on alternative solutions, including waste to energy options.

Chair of the Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors, Isaac Mayor Anne Baker, said the tour was an opportunity not to be missed.

“Individually, for the councils, it is unlikely that the cost of just over $25,000 would have been affordable.

“But by joining together and sharing the costs at under $9000 each, this is a great investment and another example of what can be achieved when the three regional councils work together.”