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18 May 2018
Issue 57

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Congratulations to the City of Wanneroo who are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their illegal dumping initiative.

The City of Wanneroo decided a year ago to take action by putting illegal dumping tape around piles of illegal dumped material and flyers in nearby letterboxes asking residents to clean up the material if it was theirs.

One year on and this approach has produced positive results with 79% of illegal dumping being cleaned up by the residents themselves instead of the waste department. 

Compared to 2015/16 this has reduced the amount of illegal dumping in the City by nearly 200 Tonnes per annum!   Both Rangers and Waste Compliance officers use this approach and have had success.
For more information about this successful initiative, contact Michelle Hinman, Supervisor Waste Operations, on 9405 5208 or
The Goldfields Waste Summit Reaches Another Level!
Held in Kalgoorlie on Monday and Tuesday, 14 and 15 May, the Goldfields Waste Summit brought together 60 representatives from industry, State and Local Government and the mining sector to discuss the key waste management issues and initiatives for the region.
Speakers included Reece Whitby MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment; Disability Services, Mike Rowe, Director General of DWER, Marcus Geisler, Chair, Waste Authority, Michael Aspinall, Chair, Keep Australia Beautiful WA, Cr Doug Thompson, Chair, MWAC and Nial Scott, General Manager from Suez WA.

The Summit discussed illegal dumping, local business development and the implementation of behaviour change approaches to waste minimisation.
For more information on the Summit contact Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling, 9213 2063 or email
DWER Launch Licencing Guide 
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have released a draft Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing document for comment.  The document provides guidance on the Department’s licensing framework for applicants proposing to construct or undertake activities which are regulated by DWER under Part V, Division 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).
The Draft Guide provides information for applicants on the process of preparing, submitting, assessing, and determining applications for works approvals, licences (including amendments and transfers), and registrations of prescribed premises.

The Department has highlighted :

a. The Department has revised the way in which it assess Works Approvals and Licence applications, the Department no longer concurrently assesses Works Approvals and Licence Applications. This position is already being applied.

b. The Department has provided further clarity of the scope of work that can be undertaken under Licence amendment and Works Approval to ensure greater consistency with the relevant provisions of the EP Act. This position will be applied once the Guide to Licensing is finalised, post consultation.

The Department is currently seeking feedback on the Guide available here.  Submissions on the Draft Guideline are due by 5:00pm on Friday, 20 July.

Two stakeholder briefing workshops will be held in Perth on Wednesday 6 June and Thursday 7 June, between 1pm at 2pm the workshops will provide an overview of the Guideline and an opportunity for stakeholders to feedback on the draft Guide to Licensing. 
To register your interest, email your contact details and which workshop you wish to attend
     Join the Garage Sale Trail -20 & 21 October 2018!
Garage Sale Trail, Australia’s biggest community engagement and re-use program is now accepting registrations from West Australian Local Governments seeking to promote reuse locally and divert waste from landfill.
This Local Government powered program saw over 71,090 West Australians participating in a weekend of garage sales in October 2017.

Research also shows that the program is helping to promote and encourage reuse with 75% of those participating stating that they’re now more conscious of the role they can play in decreasing the waste they

The program achieves this not just from the act of getting people to reuse – by buying or selling at a garage sale – but also from a 10-week communications campaign that puts Local Government  and reuse in the spotlight, including through mainstream media, with a 6.8 million+ reach in WA last year alone and 22 million nationally.

For more information visit, or contact Nicki Bruce, National Council Manager
Fee Information: Improved Cost Recovery Model for Licensing Fees
The Government is introducing a new cost recovery model for environmental regulation including fees for works approvals, licences and registrations. The aim of the change is to speed up approvals, grow the economy and create jobs.
Improvements will also be made to the prescribed amendment fee for licences and works approvals.

The improved fee model reflects the true cost of environmental regulation for industry and will commence on Sunday, 1 July.

Additional revenue will be directed at employing additional staff, in both industry regulation and compliance areas, as well as investing in systems to improve the timeliness of decision-making on environmental approvals.

Information on proposed improved fees are available in the Industry Regulation fees FAQs.
For further information please refer to Government of Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation 
Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Round Two - now open for applications
On Wednesday, 2 May, the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, announced the opening of Round Two of the Australian Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
This competitive grants program is supporting Local Governments and their partners to deliver innovative solutions to urban problems, using smart technology, data-driven decision-making and people focussed design.
Over $22 million is available for grants valued at between $250,000 and $5 million. Grants will cover up to 50% of the total project costs.
Round Two encourages applications for collaborative projects, led by Local Governments, which improve the liveability and increase the productivity and sustainability, of Australia’s cities, suburbs and towns. 
Applications can be submitted up until 5:00pm AEST on Monday, 2 July. For information on how to apply visit: 
Under Round One of the Program, 49 projects from across all states and territories will benefit from around $27.5 million in Australian Government funding.
For more information on the Program, including Round One projects, visit: 
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 Waste Management Support Officer Penny Dowd.
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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