In mid-2018, the following Councils established an alliance to request expressions of interest for future waste disposal and resource recovery services:
Logan City Council
Ipswich City Council
Redland City Council
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council.
The five Councils have agreed to the following key principles under the Sub Regional Waste Alliance:
The parties are local governments constituted under the Local Government Act 2009 (LGAct).
The parties are each involved in waste management in their local government areas.
The parties recognise that some existing methods of waste treatment and disposal may not be sustainable in the long term.
The parties want to find medium to long term treatment and / or disposal solution(s) for waste under their management.
The parties also want to benefit from and respond to developments in Queensland’s new Waste Strategy, associated regulatory frameworks and local industry developments. The landfill levy and associated grants program may provide incentives for resource recovery projects.
The parties agree that their communities will benefit from:
investigating a regional approach to waste treatment and disposal; and
considering other treatment technologies and solutions, including energy from waste solutions.
The Local Government Act (LGAct) allows for a local government to exercise its powers by cooperating with other local governments to conduct a joint activity. Joint activities can include providing a service or operating a facility. Cooperation may include entering into an agreement, creating a joint entity, or joint local government to oversee joint activities.
The parties have agreed to test the market by way of an Expression of Interest. This process invites potential solutions for: