NORTHERN Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin, has been named on a new waste management board for the region.
Cr Erwin is one of four local government representatives on the newly formed Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group board.
The merger of the Highlands Regional Waste Management Group, the Grampians Regional Waste Management Group and the Desert Fringe Regional Waste Management Group to become the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group was finalised on Friday, August 1.
The merger is part of the Victorian Government program of reforms so that the relevant government agencies involved in waste and resource recovery can best deliver on Getting Full Value: a 30 year vision to meet a growing Victoria's waste and resource recovery needs.
The new Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group will cover a much larger area from Bacchus Marsh in Moorabool Shire through to the South Australian border. All current staff have transferred across to the new group and all offices will remain open during the transition period.
A board has been appointed with four councillors elected from the new Local Government Forum. Councillor board members include Chairman Cr Tom Sullivan (Moorabool Shire Council), Cr Kevin Erwin (Northern Grampians Shire Council), Cr Barry Rinaldi (Central Goldfields Shire Council) and Cr Andrew McLean (Yarriambiack Shire Council). Four skills based directors have also been appointed and they are Jeff Rigby, Patrick Goodall, Robert Miller and Noel Perry.
"The changes to the regional waste management groups will strengthen their role across the region as the new regional plan is developed to ensure that the right infrastructure is in the right place to divert waste from landfill and create more value from recovered materials," chair Tom Sullivan said.
"The new group is looking forward to developing positive relationships with the 12 councils included in the region and collaborating on some exciting opportunities in waste."