This week I attended the Timber Creek Landfill Forum organized by Victoria Daly Regional Council’s forum in Darwin.
The forum held at SkyCity Conference Centre, was to discuss the potential of a new model pathway to establish a major regional landfill and waste facility at Timber Creek NT.
The forum not only focussed on the proposed landfill facility but also associated areas including long term employment for indigenous people, industry training, building awareness and good land management practices.
The Timber Creek Landfill Forum was jointly opened by the Minister for Local Government and the Regions, Hon David Tollner MLA and Minister for Infrastructure, the Hon Peter Styles MLA. Many organisations were represented at the forum including Local Government representatives from Katherine Town Council, Alice Springs Town Council, Central Desert Regional Council, Barkly Regional Council.
Speakers presented best practice examples for establishing regional waste management facilities including The Alice Springs Town Council’s Director of Technical Services Greg Buxton on the establishment and construction of the Alice Springs Regional Waste Management Facility. Central Desert Regional Council’s Director of Works Glen Marshall presented on the Central Australian Waste Management program which is a joint venture between MacDonnell Regional Council, Central Desert Regional Council and the Barkly Regional Council.
There were also presentations on the importance of collaborative arrangements with all affected parties including traditional owners of Aboriginal land.
I congratulate the Victoria Daly Regional Council management and staff for arranging this informative Forum.
Damien Ryan, President