Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:48

Training staff to deliver better buildings

Well-designed external bin bay for multi-unit dwelling. Well-designed external bin bay for multi-unit dwelling. Fairfield City Council.

WSROC has been working with Western Sydney councils to deliver a better quality of higher density residential buildings; maintaining safe and clean collection of waste from homes across the region.

As Western Sydney moves to higher density living, councils are working hard to ensure new buildings contain the most appropriate waste collection and recycling facilities for residents.

As part of this work, WSROC developed a training program for council staff with a role in assessing development applications; improving their capacity to deliver better waste outcomes for the community.

Delivered over two days in May, the training focused on developing and administering appropriate planning controls for waste, and was attended by 20 member and neighbouring councils, and the NSW EPA.

As our neighbourhoods become denser, maintaining safe, cost-effective waste services is essential for delivering increased amenity and liveability in neighbourhoods, and ensuring waste is collected in the safest way possible.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “No resident wants to see furniture dumped on the kerbside or bins overflowing because inadequate space was provided when a building was designed.

“Councils have residents front of mind and work hard to ensure residents are able to move into safe and clean new buildings with the adequate facilities to manage waste and recycling; such an essential, fundamental service.”

“WSROC is proud to be assisting councils by developing training that can be delivered to upskill staff across the region, and provide opportunities for staff to learn from the experiences of other councils,” he said.

This program was developed as part of the Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy and is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.