The Victorian Government has introduced a program of reforms to support the delivery of Getting Full Value – the Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy. These reforms are based on the recommendations made by the independent Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Waste and Resource Recovery Governance Reform and include a review of government agencies involved in waste and resource recovery.
On the regional level, these reforms are designed to build regional capacity in waste and resource recovery through a consolidation of the previous 12 regional waste and resource recovery groups into six larger groups. Whilst the geographical boundaries for the group in Gippsland remain the same, the new Gippsland Waste Resource Recovery Group (GWRRG) will have expanded functions to plan for all waste streams, and clearer statutory powers to undertake regional waste and resource recovery planning and to facilitate joint procurement by local government.
These changes are legislated through the amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Environment Protection and Sustainability Victoria Amendment Bill 2014) that came into effect from 1 April 2014.