Waste Authority resets to tackle waste challenges

  • Elizabeth Carr AM appointed chair of the Waste Authority for a five-year term
  • Vice-president and three members reappointed for terms of four and five years
  • The Waste Authority provides the Minister with advice on waste
  • Environment Minister Reece Whitby today welcomed a new chair and four-member reappointment to the Waste Authority, reaffirming the McGowan government’s focus on waste prevention and resource recovery.

    Elizabeth Carr AM has been appointed Chairman, bringing with her significant board-level experience in both the private and public sectors, and expertise in developing strategy for international organizations such as IBM and the Macquarie Group.

    Ms Carr was also a member of the Environmental Protection Authority from 2011 to 2019 and was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to the community through voluntary contributions to the sectors of the health, care for the elderly, education and social services”.

    Vice President Lee Broomhall, managing director of Workpower, and Tim Youe, managing director of Resource Recovery Group, were reappointed for a five-year term.

    Members Dr. Joshua Byrne, director of Josh Byrne & Associates, and Kelly Howlett, chief executive of Bloodwood Tree Association, were reappointed for a four-year term.

    The Waste Authority will continue to guide the implementation of the State’s 2030 Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy, which is due for statutory review by December 2023.

    He will advise on significant changes to the waste industry as it adapts to the impact of COVID-19 and is reshaped by Commonwealth waste export bans, as well as key national objectives and jurisdictional in terms of waste performance. The Waste Authority will also support the progress of the state’s waste reform program over the next five years.

    As Environment Minister Reece Whitby said:

    “I look forward to working with these five talented individuals who bring a wide range of experiences to this council, including strategic direction and policy development, urban sustainability, project and waste management, and exposure to the local government and planning sectors.

    “I would also like to thank outgoing Chairman Reg Howard-Smith, who has been instrumental on the Board since 2019 and leaves behind a solid foundation for the future.”

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