THE Grampians Regional Waste Management Group wound up yesterday prior to merging with the Highlands Regional Waste Management Group and Desert Fringe Regional Waste Management Group to become the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group today.
Grampians RWMG has been in existence since 1997 and over the last 17 years has worked with the regional councils of Ararat, Northern Grampians, Horsham and Yarriambiack to improve the management of waste and recycling across the region.
"The group has had a very positive relationship with the current four council members over that time and has been able to implement a wide range of projects that have helped the councils and local communities to improve recycling and increase awareness of waste issues across the region," Cr Kevin Erwin, Grampians RWMG chair said.
Recent projects have included participation in the statewide Get it Right on Bin Night campaign, ResourceSmart for schools that has seen a number of schools throughout the region receive a $10,000 energy efficiency grant, the ReThink exhibition for national recycling Week in 2013 and glass crusher project with the Desert Fringe Waste Management Group, small town pilot projects such as the Fixit Cafe with the Warracknabeal Men's Shed and Secondhand Saturday with the St Arnaud Lions Club.
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 will transfer across to the new group and all offices will remain open during the transition period.
"While it is a much larger region to cover, 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 as part of the State Government's Getting Full Value, the Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy," Cr Erwin said.