Regional Coordination Support Program
We administer the Regional Coordination Support Program which provides support for regional collaboration on waste and resource recovery priorities to regional organisations of councils, council groups, joint organisations, and voluntary regional waste groups.
The NSW Government has committed $15.6 million over five years under the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy (WaSM) to build on the success of the program and continue support for regional collaboration and the transition to a NSW circular economy.
Regional Networks for Effective Waste Management (RENEW)
The program supports 14 participating regional waste groups under the umbrella of RENEW NSW who work together to improve resource recovery and waste management across NSW.
RENEW monitors and facilitates improvements to waste management and resource recovery practices in rural, regional and metropolitan NSW. It also serves as an advisory body on matters like infrastructure sharing, resource recovery systems, regional procurement, drop-off centres and other circular economy activities.
They work with a range of stakeholders across state and local government, industry, communities, and other regional waste groups to provide leadership and innovation, drive continuous improvement in sustainable waste and resource management practices.
RENEW is split into two groupings: RENEW – Metro and RENEW – Regional and are guided by the following principles:
- engaging regional groups and their member councils
- addressing differing issues and priorities
- enabling intergovernmental liaison
- balancing planning and action to ensure delivery of results
- supporting skills development
- advocating rural and metropolitan initiatives and programs
- guiding and developing effective and focused projects
- facilitating effective communication and education programs
- implementing community engagement and evaluation techniques
- sharing learnings and resources for adaptation to differing audiences
- Integrating innovative sustainable resource management.