Top honour for Bundaberg Regional Council at state awards
WHEN Bundaberg Regional Council was confronted with the massive task of dealing with a years additional waste in the aftermath of January's devastating natural disasters, they didn't drop the ball.
Instead they managed to recycle more than 40 percent of the waste - an achievement which was recognised on Friday night when the council took out the Minister's Award for Leadership at the Premier's Sustainability Awards.
Waste and Regulatory Services branch manager James Stanfield was in Brisbane to collect the award and said it was a wonderful achievement for the council which led the way when it came to recycling and sustainability.
"When we were hit by three natural disasters - the wake of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, the tornados and the floods it would have been easy to throw the rule book out the window," he said.
"Instead we continued to apply the practices and principles we had in place to recycle instead of just opting for land fill."
Mr Stanfield said the award recognised the tremendous work that was carried out following the destruction to allow the community to set about rebuilding and getting it looking as good as possible.
"What we are doing here is best practice," he said.
"We did it better than Brisbane and ourselves two years ago and we did it better than Rockhampton and Innisfail and that's a nice feeling after three months of hell."
Mr Stanfield said the council also led the way in recycling and sustainability innovation, something he was incredible proud of.
"I don't think people expect a council to be leading the way, they expect us to do it well, but not better than private industry, which is what we are doing," he said
"I've been in this role for 13 years and its taken 13 years to get to this stage and throughout the process the council has been very supportive.
"In the long run it will save rate payers because land fill costs money."
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said it was rewarding to get the recognition for a job well done.
"There were 42 nominations and it was thrilling to take out the award," he said.
"We take pride in the great plan and policy we have in place when it comes to recycling and sustainability and it is pleasing to be recognised for that.
The council's waste and recycling spokesman Vince Habermann said just to be nominated for the awards was an exceptional honour as Bundaberg Regional Council's sustainability commitments had driven its waste management practices.
"At council we take sustainability very seriously and are always looking for ways in which we can improve or adapt our practices in line with environmentally friendly initiatives," he said.