From the Chair and CEO
Welcome to our final edition of EPA Connect for 2016. It’s been a busy couple of months since our last newsletter with some major initiatives and campaigns underway.
I’m pleased to report that the legislation enabling the Container Deposit Scheme passed Parliament in October. The scheme, which will allow people to return beverage containers for a 10-cent refund, will help achieve the Premier’s priority target of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.
The Clean Air for NSW consultation paper is currently being exhibited for comment. The paper sets out the NSW Government’s priority areas for air quality and how industry, government, community groups and residents can work together for better outcomes.
Also on exhibition is the EPA’s review of the Load-based Licensing Scheme. We’ve prepared an issues paper for the review which examines how the scheme has been working since it was established in 1999 and identifies opportunities for improvement.
You can also read about the LeadSmart campaign which was launched at Broken Hill Central Pre-School in November. The campaign reminds Broken Hill residents of the simple things they can do to reduce their risk of exposure to lead. The campaign consists of radio, TV and social media advertising, as well as story and colouring books, recipe cards, brochures and fact sheets.
The EPA tabled its 2015-2016 annual report in November which documents the pivotal role the EPA plays in protecting the environment and community in NSW. Read about our achievements and programs in that period, including improving air quality, reducing waste, overseeing the gas industry, combating illegal dumping and holding polluters to account.
In this edition of EPA Connect we profile our head of Digital Design and Production Kate Gilroy. She and her team are in the midst of redeveloping the EPA’s website so it’s accessible and easy-to-use. We also profile Dirt Girl who received a Green Globe Award last month.
In the lead up to Christmas the EPA has taken to social media to remind the community of the importance of reducing waste with simple tips, including planning meals, using kids drawings for wrapping presents, storing festive food correctly and making the most of leftovers.
In between editions of EPA Connect, you can keep up with the latest news by following us on Twitter at @EPA_NSW
Wishing you all a successful and healthy 2017.