Our Vision is to be the dynamic cogency conduit behind regional collaboration of the Northern Inland Region, the EPA & other stakeholders through consolidation of a regional approach to waste management & resource recovery which leads to improved provision of services, infrastructure, education & measured cost efficiencies for all.
For NIRW to continue along the path of continuous improvement our aims & objectives need to grow & be renewed. This enables NIRW to identify the attitudes, priorities & new technologies that are to be addressed, not only from a local & regional level but also from a national & global perspective.
The objectives of NIRW are:
- Develop & implement regional programs that achieve a sustainable balance between the regions social, economic & environmental needs.
- Encourage partnerships & cooperation between member Councils & external stakeholders in a collaborative approach to addressing sustainability issues for the overall benefit of our regions.
- Identify & investigate all opportunities for coordinated approaches in the provision of waste management services & the achievement of waste avoidance & waste minimisation within the region.
- Consider all waste management issues affecting member Councils, where possible, & speak as one voice in response to State & Federal Government initiatives or directives.
- To prevent the generation of waste & promote awareness by commerce & industry with the ideal being – what is good for commerce & industry is good for the environment.
- To maximise the recovery, recycling & reuse of resources from waste whilst addressing the concept of renewable energy along with a change of thinking.
- To build on previous successes & efforts of waste management, resource recovery & sustainability issues.
NIRW has aligned its objectives, activities and programs to support the five key focus areas identified in the NSW Governement’s Reducing Waste: Implementation Strategy 2011 – 2015. These five key focus areas are:
- Making it easier for households to separate & recover their waste
- Making it easier for businesses to separate & recover their waste
- Reducing waste or removing problem wastes to improve resource recovery & produce environmentally safe recyclable materials
- Facilitating investment in waste infrastructure
- Reducing litter & combating illegal dumping
All member Councils are entitled to one vote (which includes a proxy vote for agenda items) on all matters where a vote is required.
NIRW makes decisions regarding its own actions and formulates recommendations, regarding policy, commitment of funds, sharing of resources etc., which are referred to each member Council for consideration and response back to NIRW.
Participation by Councils in any actions, including projects, trials, investigations etc. formulated by NIRW is voluntary, no Council is obliged or compelled to participate.