Council calling on NSW Government

Published Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Removing asbestos safely.

Fairfield City Council is calling on the NSW Government to ban single use plastic bags, remove the waste levy for asbestos disposal and reintroduce a Waste and Sustainability program.

Council is also calling for a dedicated Youth Minister in the NSW Government.

These are four motions put forward by Council for the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Conference being held between 4 and 6 December 2017.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the waste and sustainability motions are of great importance to NSW and show Council’s dedication to cleaning up Fairfield City.

“Three of Council’s motions focus on ways we can improve overall waste and sustainability in Fairfield City,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Single-use plastic bags easily become unsightly litter and can be significantly damaging to native ecosystems. Their ban will allow for natural environments to be rejuvenated.”

Single-use plastic bags are banned in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, while Western Australia and Queensland laws will come into effect in 2018. In October 2017 the Victorian Government announced they would work towards a ban of single-use, lightweight plastic bags.

“Removing the waste levy on asbestos disposal will also be a significant boost to our areas as this will encourage more people to dispose of asbestos responsibly without the concern of high costs. As a result, it will reduce the incidences of illegal asbestos dumping.

“The reintroduction of the Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment Program will help Council fund a wide range of energy, water and sustainability projects.”

Mayor Carbone said Council is committed to creating a liveable City for everyone to enjoy.

“Everyone should enjoy a beautiful and clean City, which is why we’ve previously rolled out initiatives that aim to tackle dumped rubbish and street litter,” Mayor Carbone said.

“In early 2017, Council launched its ‘Green Team’ to maintain and beautify our City's 350 kilometres of main roads. Their role is to spruce up round-a-bouts and traffic islands, slash overgrown verges, prune trees, remove litter and collect abandoned shopping trolleys.”

In addition to the three motions relating to waste and sustainability, Council is also requesting the appointment of a NSW Youth Minister.

“Council is committed to our City’s young people and in recent years has invested in services and facilities to help young people achieve their best in life,” Mayor Carbone said.

“In October 2015 we unveiled the $8.5 million Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, while more recently we have invested in our Youth Mentoring and Leadership program.

“These initiatives are on top of Council’s work with the Fairfield Youth Advisory Committee and our numerous youth events and workshops throughout the year, with Bring It On! Festival continuing its reign as the largest Youth Week event in NSW.

“We have regularly called for the State Government to introduce a dedicated Youth Minister to focus on young people aged 12-25 and this motion builds on that previous advocacy work.”

“I believe these four motions are great initiatives which will benefit Fairfield City and also NSW as a whole. I am pleased that we are putting forward these motions and I look forward to them being discussed at the conference.”