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Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029

Fraser Coast Regional Council has recently developed the Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029. The new Strategy has a focus on resource leadership that delivers the greatest benefits to our local community in terms of resource recovery, reducing landfill, environmental amenity and economic development. 

The Draft Strategy is currently in the public exhibition phase and Council is seeking community feedback on the document. In particular, Council is interested in the community’s views on the six outcome areas (themes) in the document and the key actions identified. 

Feedback closes on the 7th May 2019.

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Further information about the draft strategy is provided below.    

What is a Waste Strategy?

A waste strategy outlines the strategic goals and operational targets for the management of waste services delivered within a local government area. For the Fraser Coast Regional Council this includes direct management of:

  • The network of small transfer stations located across the region.
  • The larger Resource Recovery Centres located at Nikenbah and Maryborough.
  • The region’s landfills. Most notably the major landfill site located at Maryborough.
  •  The education and communication programs that inform residents and visitors of the region about waste related matters and services.

It also involves setting the service standards and providing oversight of services delivered on behalf of Council by external contractors. These services include:

  • The kerbside waste and recycling collection services delivered to most households and businesses across the region.
  • The green waste processing that converts the region’s green waste into high quality mulch and compost products at the Nikenbah and Maryborough Resource Recovery Centres.
  • The reuse and recycling service that salvages recyclable products for resale at the Recycling Markets located at the Nikenbah and Maryborough Resource Recovery Centres.
  • Waste collection service on Fraser Island.

Why do we need a Waste Strategy? 

Our region needs a waste strategy that addresses future population growth, the world heritage significance of K’gari (Fraser Island) and growing community expectations for better service delivery and resource recovery. The Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019 – 2029 sets a clear path for the management of solid waste in the Fraser Coast region towards 2029. It builds on the success of the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-2020, with Council achieving many of the actions identified in the plan.

The development of this Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019 – 2029 will fulfill the statutory requirement for local government to prepare and implement a waste reduction and recycling plan under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. As this is a legislated document, community feedback needs to be in the form of a valid submission.

Queensland is embarking on a new direction in waste management, with the centerpiece of Queensland strategy being the introduction of a waste disposal levy, providing an incentive to avoid waste to landfill.

In conjunction with the waste levy, the Queensland Government has introduced new performance targets to drive the reduction in waste to landfill. More targets are expected to be developed in the final Queensland Waste Strategy that will support progress towards the targets proposed as follows:

  • 25% reduction of household waste.
  • 10% of all waste going to landfill.
  • 75% recycling rates across all waste types.

What are the six outcome areas (themes)? 

There are six key Outcome Areas for the Strategy which include: 

  1.          Planning future waste infrastructure (See Fact Sheet Theme 1)
  2.          Maximising resource recovery from kerbside bins (See Fact Sheet Theme 2)
  3.          Improving waste diversion from landfill (See Fact Sheet Theme 3)
  4. .        Operational efficiency (See Fact Sheet Theme 4)
  5.          K’Gari (Fraser Island) waste management (See Fact Sheet Theme 5)
  6.          Waste education (See Fact Sheet Theme 6)

Each of these themes have targets, actions and timeframes for delivery.

Project timeline 

task time frames
Exhibition period commences 1 April, 2019
Briefing sessions

2 May, 2019 (Hervey Bay)

3 May, 2019 (Fraser Island)

Feedback closes 7 May, 2019
Collation of feedback 31 May, 2019
Strategy finalised June 
Final Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 endorsed by Council From July 2019


Feedback opportunities

From 1 April 2019 to 7 May 2019, Fraser Coast Regional Council will be seeking feedback on the Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029. There are a number of ways to provide feedback which include:

  • Completion of the Feedback Form (hard copy at Council’s Customer Service Centres and online)
  • Attending a Briefing session

Feedback must be received by 5 pm Tuesday 7 May 2019.

More information about how to provide feedback is outlined below.

Get online

Visit the Council’s Have Your Say website to download the Strategy and complete a feedback form. Follow the Have Your Say links.

Attend a Briefing

Two briefing sessions will be held:

Hervey Bay
Thursday 2 May, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Oaks Oceans Resort 
569-571 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan

Fraser Island
Friday 3 May,  11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island 


Visit Council’s Customer Service Centres

View the Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 and complete a hardcopy feedback form at one Council’s Customer Service Centres.

  • Hervey Bay - 77 Tavistock Street, Torquay, Qld, 4655 
  • Maryborough - 211-213 Adelaide Street, Maryborough Qld, 4650  
  • Tiaro (library building) -  Forgan Terrace, Qld, 4650 

Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions have been answered below.

What are the current waste services in the Fraser Coast Region?

In 2016-17, the Fraser Coast Regional Council managed over 147,538 tonnes of waste, recovering 45,245 tonnes or 42 per cent of various materials as resources. This is achieved across a network of waste facilities that service major urban centres as well as rural townships. On the mainland, this network consists of 11 resource recovery centres, two recycling markets and three active landfills located at Maryborough, Tinana and Granville.

The current positioning of facilities ensures that between 90 to 95 per cent of residents are located within a 20-minute drive of a resource recovery centre, with some townships able to access two to three facilities within a 20-minute drive. The generally accepted benchmark for local government best practice service levels is that more than 80 per cent of residents are located within a 20-minute drive.

Council also has the responsibility to manage aspects of waste management on K’gari (Fraser Island), for the townships of Orchid Beach, Eurong and Happy Valley (refer map). These areas each have a waste transfer facility that is operated by Council and accessible to all users of Fraser Island. Waste collection is managed jointly by Council and the State Government, through the Queensland National Parks (QNP).

Are there any big changes with waste infrastructure?

Theme 1- Planning Future Waste Infrastructure details Council’s plan in relation to waste infrastructure planning. There is a network of Council operated resource recovery facilities accessible to different areas of the region. To accommodate continuing residential growth across the region, particularly in the Hervey Bay area, Council is planning to upgrade the resource recovery infrastructure at Nikenbah and Maryborough sites. The aim is to meet a benchmark of 95 per cent of residents being within 30 minutes’ drive of a waste facility which is a service standard adopted by many local governments throughout Queensland. However, this may result in closure of sites. Overall, Council aims to deliver an equitable standard of resource recovery infrastructure across the region.

Action 1.1: Masterplan for Nikenbah and Maryborough Resource Recovery Centre

Action 1.2: Identify a site for future landfilling beyond the life of Maryborough Landfill and gain approvals or commercial agreement for disposal.

Action 1.3: Closure of Burrum Heads Transfer Station.

Action 1.3: Drive-time analysis to inform decisions on any changes to the waste facility network.For further information see Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 page 18.

Will Council be introducing green waste/ food waste/ organics collection?

Council has established a target of having “implemented a standard kerbside collection service that consists of general waste, recycling and organics (either kerbside green waste or green/food waste) by 2024”

Action 2.1 of the Draft Strategy details the method in which Council will undertake a waste audit, feasibility study, trial food waste/green waste collection service in selected areas and then further consultation about green waste/ organics collection service. Subject to the findings from the previous actions, Council may introduce a kerbside green waste or green waste/food waste collection service from 2021/2022.

For further information see Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 page 21.

What is proposed in terms of bin size?

At this stage, no changes are planned for bin sizes, although Council will consider introducing 360L bin for recycling. Bin sizing will be considered as part of the preparation of the next kerbside collection contract from 2021/22.

For further information please refer to page 21 of the Draft Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029.

How will this impact on my rates?

The targets and actions outlined in this Strategy are designed to be achievable. Many of the larger infrastructure projects which require capital expenditure on waste facilities are

already costed and included in the long-term financial forecast for the Fraser Coast Regional Council Waste Management Program.

Significant changes such as the introduction of a kerbside green/food waste collection will increase rates and these aspects will be taken into consideration prior to Council introducing a new service.

How will Council use my feedback?

Council will consider all feedback. Under Section 125 (5) of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, the Council must, in finalising the plan, take into account any submissions received about the draft Strategy.

When will the Strategy be finalised?

It is hoped that the final Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 will be present to Council for endorsement no later than July 2019.