Regional coordination and support program
The EPA supports regional collaboration between local councils. It supports the work of 14 regional waste groups to reduce waste, increase recycling and combat illegal dumping and littering. Each group also delivers regional waste strategies and helps to coordinate regional projects and grants.
Under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 Stage 1 2021–2041 - Stage 1: 2021-2027 (WASM), the State Government has committed $15.6 million over 5 years until 2027 to fund the Regional Coordination and Support Program to support delivery of positive waste and recycling outcomes and transition to a circular economy.
The Regional Organisation of Councils, joint organisations and voluntary regional waste groups will use the funding to coordinate a regional approach to the WASM strategy.
- For guidance, see Taking a regional response to the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy (PDF 897KB).
Submitting regional plans
Final document submission
Plans should be submitted by 31 July 2022, however, to align with council’s timelines, plans can be delivered by 30 November 2022.
The action plan can be prepared after the regional response document is developed and after further information is available on the WASM program timelines and the new monitoring and evaluation framework is ready.
Action plan submission
The first action plan is due by the end of 2022. It can be set for the length of time that suits the region’s needs (for example 1, 2 or 3 years) and should be submitted annually.