Regional Waste Group cleans up act for 12 months

THE Regional Waste Group marked its 12 month milestone recently reflecting on the progress it has made in starting to address Southern Queensland's litter and waste challenges.

According to Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Regional Development Co-ordinator Cameron O'Neil, the group has developed into "a great opportunity for regional and shire councils to workshop, network and foster relationships on all issues associated with waste".

"The group was formed a little over a year ago specifically to see a regional approach to waste across six council areas," he said.

The councils include Toowoomba Regional, Balonne Shire, Southern Downs, Maranoa Regional, Western Downs and Goondiwindi Regional, and are represented on the RWG by Waste portfolio Councillors or key staff.

"Waste is not individual to any one council and where we can work together and identify synergies across boundaries we can lead to cross border projects like we have seen with the South West Regional Roadside Litter Project."

Mr O'Neil said the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection provided an update on the litter project which involves all six councils, QMDC and the Queensland Government to run litter data collection and various community clean-ups.

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