Queensland’s Central Highlands Regional Council has announced it will partner with Outlook Australia to manage two resource recovery centres.
The centres, in Blackwater and Tieri, had been externally managed since 2016.
Council says the partnership is a significant step towards enhancing local resource recovery capabilities.
“Outlook Australia has a well-established presence in the region, having worked with neighbouring councils such as Banana and Livingstone,” said Mayor, Kerry Hayes.
“They come to us highly recommended and with a wealth of experience,” he said.
“While this partnership signifies a significant development, it is important to note that the majority of council’s manned facilities, including our largest landfill, Lochlees, will continue to be operated and controlled directly by council.”
The contract between council and Outlook Australia is for an initial three-year term.
“Our shared goal is to improve waste management practices, ultimately increasing our diversion rates from landfill,” Mayor Hayes said.
“This aligns with our overarching Waste, Reduction and Recycling Plan, which places a strong emphasis on contributing to a circular economy.
“We look forward to working closely with Outlook Australia and the local community to achieve our waste reduction goals and create a more sustainable future for the region,” he said.
Interim CEO for Outlook Australia, Graham Kelly said he was excited by the expansion of services within regional Queensland.
“We have received a great welcome to the region and look forward to continuing to provide a critical service to the communities of the Central Highlands,” Mr Kelly said.
“Since the contract signing Outlook has been able to secure a number of locals to become part of our expanded team. These facilities will be supported by a team of 10 including a dedicated locally based Area Supervisor and Qld Regional Manager also based locally,” he said.