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WMRR pivots to Zoom to support members  

As companies inside and out of the resources recovery industry adapt to new ways of conducting business, the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is aiding members to stay engaged by utilising digital communications. 

 The organisation began the roll-out of Zoom, a digital face-to face communications platform, in early March with the aim of delivering  greater flexibility to conduct online meetings, teleconferences, video conferences and webinars. WMRR CEO Gayle Sloan, said the organisation intended to maximise Zoom to communicate and engage with members and industry stakeholders over the coming months. 

 According to Sloan, the WA waste reform discussion, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 with DWER, and the NSW forum with the NSW EPA on April 8 to discuss the Cleaning up our act  policy documents, will go ahead as webinars.  

 Sloan has also told members that the organisation is committed to acting in their best interest.  

“Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. These actions will also assist in ensuring that WMRR does not add unnecessary pressure on our healthcare system by potentially spreading COVID-19,” she said. 

 “We are acutely aware that business must go on during these challenging times and we are committed to providing opportunities to network and engage to provide the best possible information to government and industry,” Sloan added.

“Our waste and resource recovery sector provides an essential service and while these may be challenging times, we are all in it together and we are resilient.

It is vitally important that we pull together and work with each other to ensure, as far as practicable, the continuation of our essential services to the community,” she added.

How Zoom will work for members 

Financial WMRR members and participants in the state/territory branch committees, national divisions, or state/territory-based working groups, will now engage via Zoom with all face-to-face meetings suspended.   

WMRR will send details on how to use Zoom to groups in the coming days, ahead of all scheduled meetings. Sloan said it also has a schedule of events lined up for the first half of 2020 where members can still engage without meeting face-to-face.  

Meanwhile, the series of events badged Breakfast with the State Minister will be postponed to a later date and  as many proposed face-to-face sessions will now be re-scheduled as webinars.