Thursday, May 30, 2024

Hills Shire residents vote for environment


A survey of The Hills Shire Council residents has ranked benefit to the environment as the most important factor regarding the future of their waste collection and disposal services, with convenience and affordability also ranking highly.

Extensive public consultation took place over three months including pop-up stalls in shopping centres across The Hills, an online and two face-to-face forums, as well as online surveys attracting more than 2000 resident responses.

“This is fantastic result and shows that our residents are both engaged and informed when it comes to discussing the future of our Resource Recovery Delivery Program,” said Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi.

The Mayor attended the first pop-up stall at Rouse Hill Town Centre and a Community Forum Event held at Rouse Hill Community Centre.

“It was fantastic to meet like-minded people with a passion for our environment who also understood the challenges facing local government in a rapidly growing region,” he said.

“I would like to personally thank our residents for their participation and congratulate them on their insightful views.” 

A focus for the survey was to gather resident preferences for the transition to the State Government mandate that will see all households provided with a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service by 2030. 

“FOGO will ensure that a significant amount of food waste is diverted from the red lidded bin to the green lidded bin for composting,” Mayor Gangemi said.

Landfill was another priority concern for residents, with significant support for new technologies and services to be investigated to reduce reliance on these sites.

“These results show that residents are keen to see changes made that support a more sustainable future,” the Mayor said. 

He said the consultation results will now be incorporated into ‘The Program’ and will help shape the waste service in line with community expectations for the next five years and beyond.

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