South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto

September 15, 2021

South Burnett Regional Council has agreed to take part in the planning process for the development of a Regional Waste Management Infrastructure strategy.

At its Community Standing Committee last week, councillors voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Darling Downs and South West Queensland Council of Mayors (DDSW-CoM), subject to Mayor Brett Otto having voting rights at meetings which consider the development of the Regional Waste Management plan.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio, who chairs DDSW-CoM, wrote to Mayor Otto recently to invite him to become part of the planning process.

DDSW-CoM is made up of mayors from Balonne, Bulloo, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs councils.

They recently endorsed an in-principle proposal to develop a Regional Waste Management and Infrastructure Plan.

This plan would become a key strategic document for the group in guiding future waste management within the region.

SBRC officers recommended that council take part as it could benefit from potential developments in infrastructure capacity.

Lockyer Valley council has also been invited to become a part in the plan.

Mayor Otto suggested Mayor Antonio be approached to suggest an invitation also be extended to Cherbourg Council to see if they also wanted to be involved.

The memorandum of understanding is currently being drafted.

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