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New appointments to WA Waste Authority strengthens waste management goals

The Western Australian Waste Authority has appointed five new members for three-year terms, which Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said reaffirmed the state’s focus on waste management.

Announced on July 10, former Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia chief executive officer Reg Howard-Smith has been appointed as the Waste Authority’s chairperson and Workpower CEO Lee Broomhall has been appointed as deputy chairperson.

Bloodwood Tree Association CEO Kelly Howlett, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council CEO Tim Youé and Josh Byrne & Associates director Joshua Byrne have been appointed as members of the authority.

The new-look board will guide the Waste Authority’s implementation of the state’s waste management blueprint, the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, while driving key programs and offering advice to Dawson.

The minister said there was an extremely strong field of applicants and he is pleased to welcome the team who will help realise the government’s vision to reuse or recycle at least 75 per cent of waste generated in WA by 2030.

“Howard-Smith has demonstrated strong leadership throughout his career and will play an important role in leading this State’s approach to waste management.

“I look forward to working with these five talented people, who bring a wide range of experience to this board – including shaping strategic direction and policy, urban sustainability, project and waste management, and exposure to the local government and planning sectors,” Dawson said.

He thanked the outgoing chairperson, Marcus Geisler, the outgoing deputy chairperson, Jenny Bloom, and the other outgoing members Victoria Bond, Neil Foley and Glen McLeod.