Council seeks public feedback on proposed new waste management law HomeNews2018March 2018Council seeks public feedback on proposed new waste management law 21 March 2018 Western Downs Regional Council is proposing to introduce new Local Law No. 8 (Waste Management) 2018 to take over from the State Government waste management legislation. Council Spokesperson for Planning and Environment, Councillor Andrew Smith said the new law would give Council the framework to deliver the best waste service management possible to the Western Downs. “If Council wishes to continue with its waste management services in a way that protects the public health, safety and amenity, then it needs to replace the State Government legislation with an equivalent local law”, he said. Waste management will be covered by State Government legislation (the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011 and the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008) until the relevant provisions expire on 1 July this year. Council is now seeking public, stakeholder and State Government feedback on the proposed local law. Copies of the proposed Local Law No.8 (Waste Management) 2018 are available for public viewing on Council’s website and from Customer Service Centres across the region. The required 21-day consultation period has been extended to include weekends, Good Friday, Easter Monday and ANZAC Day public holidays to ensure sufficient time for the community to provide feedback. The Public Submission period commences Monday 26 March and closes 5pm on Friday 27 April. Submissions can be made via email, mail or delivered in person to any of Council’s Customer Service Centres, visit our Contact Council webpage for how you can get in touch with us. — Ends — Media Contact: Media Relations Senior Officer | 0419 048 594 More information on the proposed local law can be found here.