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MWAC Information Bulletin

1 May 2015

Issue 211

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Events: Submissions:

CCTV Finds Funding
Local Governments’ efforts to improve community safety received a recent welcome boost  with the announcement of $4 million in State Government grants for Council CCTV programs.
The funding will help Councils to protect local communities through increased CCTV coverage and more coordinated camera operations.

WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard said the $4 million, announced as part of an overall package of $7 million over two years from the State Government, highlighted the significant role Local Governments play in deploying CCTV.

“The Association has long advocated for a more coordinated and integrated CCTV strategy that includes all relevant stakeholders in the State,” Mayor Pickard said.

“Community safety is a foremost concern for Local Governments and CCTV can be a very effective tool in helping deter antisocial behaviour in public spaces.

“While many Local Governments have CCTV installed in strategic locations, this funding will facilitate better connectivity and integration of the cameras.

WALGA has been working with the Western Australia Police, Department of Transport, Main Roads and other State Government Agencies and community organisations to develop the State CCTV Strategy since May 2014.
The strategy was launched by the Minister for Police in March 2015 and is still open for public consultation until Friday 26 June.
The Environmental Health Directorate is currently revising the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 and is seeking public feedback.
The proposed reforms aim to achieve consistency of approach with WorkSafe and align a number of requirements with those of Occupation Safety and Health legislation. The revised Regulations are intended to apply to any situation where public health may be put at risk. The most significant change is to require that the majority of asbestos removal (in residential situations) be done by licensed asbestos removalists.

The draft consultation documents include:
- A Consultation Explanatory Note (Doc 44KB)
- A Draft Code of Practice (Doc 574KB)

The Draft Code of Practice will be used as a basis for the revised Regulations, as directed by the Office of the Parliamentary Council.

Comments on the Draft Code of Practice should be submitted by COB Friday 19 June, as per instructions in the Explanatory Note.

The Association will be developing a Submission on the Draft, and for more information contact Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator..
For more information, visit the Directorate’s Asbestos webpage.
ERF auction closes at $14 per tonne
The first Emissions Reduction Fund auction results are out, with the Clean Energy Regulator selling 47 million tonnes of abatement at an average price of $13.95 per tonne.

The CER stated it had awarded 107 Carbon Abatement Contracts totalling a value of $660 million.

The contract provisioning follows the first ERF auction which was held on Thursday April 16.

Landfill gas was a huge player in the initial auction, with big bidder LMS selling close to 7 million tonnes of abatement via a series of 7 year contracts. Other contractors in the landfill gas space included the City of Armadale.
For more information and to see the complete list of successful contractors, visit the Resource Recovery website.
Reverse e-waste arrangement under review
A compliance assessment by the Department of the Environment has identified a number of matters for concern in relation to Reverse E-Waste’s performance under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
These include concerns as to whether Reverse E-waste has failed to comply with a number of statutory obligations, including its requirements to provide reasonable access to collection services in the period to 30 June 2014, take all reasonable steps to ensure the arrangement achieves its outcomes and communicate adequate information to the public about how its collection services can be accessed.

The Department of the Environment, as Regulator of the National Television and Computer Scheme, is undertaking a formal review of the operation of Reverse E-Waste, under section 27 of the Product Stewardship Act 2011.

A decision on an appropriate compliance response, which may include cancelling Reverse E-Waste’s approval or other statutory action, will be made following completion of the review. The review is scheduled for completion in June 2015.
For more information, visit the Department of the Environment website.
Waste production increase
Waste production has increased by 154% between 1996-97 and 2012-13 according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics.
In the same period, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions also increased, while water consumption decreased.

In 2010-11 53 million tonnes of waste was generated, representing a 1% decrease from the previous year. The ABS attributes the fall to declines in electricity, gas, waste and waste management services industries.

Mining recorded the largest increase in waste generation at 127% over 2009-10 to 2010-11 while the construction sector generated the largest volume of waste in 2010-11 - 14.5 million tonnes - representing 27% of the total waste generated.

Households produced 14.3 million tonnes of waste in 2010-11, an increase from 12.4 million tonnes a year earlier.
For more information, visit the Ben Global website.
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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