EPA Board listening tour in Port Macquarie
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Board was in Port Macquarie on Thursday and Friday this week to discuss local environmental issues with partner organisations, industry and community representatives.
EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said the Board regularly held their meetings in regional areas to hear directly from people and businesses.
“Our regional visits always provide valuable first-hand knowledge of the issues facing local communities, which helps the Board improve its oversight of the EPA’s environment protection work.
“We know that people in the Port Macquarie region are passionate about issues like forestry and the safe disposal of waste. That’s why we are working closely with stakeholders to provide leadership and support in how these areas are managed.
“As part of our visit, the Board inspected Bulls Ground State Forest, Burrawang State Forest and private native forestry operations at Telegraph Point where the EPA’s proactive compliance program was discussed.
The Board also met with MIDWASTE- a forum of representatives from local Councils located on the Mid North Coast of NSW whose focus is regional co-operation in waste management and waste minimisation.
“We’ve got strong partnerships with local councils in the Port Macquarie region. Discussions with groups like MIDWASTE are important in looking at future challenges.”
With the assistance of funding from the NSW Government, the Port Macquarie Waste Management Facility was recently upgraded to allow residents to dispose of common household problem wastes including old paint, gas bottles, smoke detectors and car and household batteries.
Please note: Images of the EPA Board visiting forestry operations and meeting with stakeholders are available on request.