Sort and Save: A Community Recycling Project

19 02 2013

In the City of Wodonga, Victoria, they are not only serious about recycling but also community engagement and partnerships. With this in mind they set up a new recycling imitative; Sort and Save.

The result was a community based recycling project that has changed the way Wodonga Council delivers its waste management service. Sort and Save is an example of how innovative management practices not only improve service delivery but also empower the whole community to adopt more efficient waste management habits.

Originally, the project was tabled as an answer to the city’s costly hard waste problems. However, through problem solving and community discussion, it was modified to offer creative, sustainable solutions to equally pressing social and economic issues within Wodonga. It is a project anchored in ongoing community partnerships, empowering those involved, particularly marginalised people, and is already showing many positive social, economic and environmental benefits. Sort and Save, while managed by Wodonga Council, involves partnerships with four local community organisations.

The strength of Sort and Save lies in the commitment of these partners to finding innovative ways of doing things better, smarter and more productively, while reducing everyday environmental impacts. Corrections Victoria, Recovery GAME ( ), Kalianna ( ) Enterprises and Beechworth Correctional Centre work alongside Wodonga Council to reduce, reuse and recycle goods received at the Wodonga Council Waste Transfer Station. The project provides a workplace for the long-term unemployed, skills development for marginalised members of the community, the reuse/resale of previously unwanted goods and a practical exercise in educating the general public in sustainable, environmentally sound waste management.

With its own share of marginalised peoples, high local unemployment as well as people wanting to do positive things for the environment, is the ‘Sort and Save’ type initiative something Mandurah could be looking at?

Cr Rhys Williams
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The Digital Futures for Cities..

4 02 2013

Nestled between Geelong and Ballarat is the small rural municipality of Golden Plains. This small town is the link between three of the most popular tourism destinations in Victoria—Geelong, the Great Ocean Road and the Ballarat Goldfields.
The council wanted a way to make it easier for tourists to enjoy this region so they developed a Smartphone application.
The Smartphone application features an interactive map of Golden Plains, including helpful visitor information and landmark images designed to assist tourists in finding and enjoying the attractions. It also identifies important locations such as public toilets, food stops, petrol stations and eftpos facilities.
This technology enables people to access information about the Golden Plains anywhere, anytime from the convenience of a Smartphone, iPad or Android tablet. The initiative is a shining example of a progressive approach to economic development.
Historically, the Council has built and restored tourism infrastructure and co-located amenities, ranging from nature trails and parklands through to major tourist attractions such as the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market and Flagstaff Hill Lookout, in an effort to attract visitors to the region.
Council’s role is now to facilitate and collaborate with regional tourism bodies and neighbouring municipalities that have been integral to the successful market testing and deployment of the technology.
By having a sound project planning framework and involving the community at the earliest possible stages, the Golden Plains Smartphone application is a true reflection of the council’s innovative approach to infrastructure development. Importantly, the technology continues to create real value for local businesses and enhances the wider regional tourism industry.
Given the planned launch for free wifi in the central CBD, it begs the question; how difficult would it be to develop a similar application for the City of Mandurah? I think that question is worth exploring.
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