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3 - 5 May

Opal Cove Resort
Coffs Harbour NSW

Pre-Conference Events

In addition to the mainstream conference program, there are four (4) events you may like to attend prior to the start of the conference. These include:

  • Training Course - Landfill application
  • Workshop - How to run an effective community campaign for waste management
  • Workshop - Transforming waste and recycling services in local councils for the 21st Century (Hosted by WMAA)
  • Breakfast Workshop - How councils can leverage opportunities in the Emissions Reduction Fund (Hosted by the Clean Energy Regulator)

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Training Course - Landfill application - Tuesday 3rd May

This course will be held at the Englands Road Waste Management Depot in Coffs Harbour. This facility has a landfill, resource recovery centre and associated infrastructure as well as a modern education and training room. Council will be providing equipment that will be used for demonstrations by its operators, and the expert trainer, Carl Thomsen, Waste Certified Senior Trainer and Demonstrator at Caterpillar, will provide the group with detailed commentary and instruction.

This practical course is designed for landfill operators to give instruction on safety, operation and application of their equipment in landfills. With the increased importance in achieving maximum compaction rates and operating efficiency the training of operators is critically important for Councils.

This course is designed for all types and brands of plant in use at landfills. 

Some of the main issues that will be addressed include:

• Machines Selections
• Application Techniques
• Best Practices from other countries
• Tips and recommendations to productivity
• Compactor Safety and Performance
• Safety around Landfills and Compactors
• Knowing how many machine passes are appropriate
• The proper way to spread waste and its impact in efficiency
• The best way to compact the face
• Getting the right thickness
• Ways to avoid waste “cliffing.”
• Walk around Cat LFC 816F and operations

So if the safe and efficient operation of your landfill is your responsibility, this course is for you! A certificate of participation will be issued to all course participants.

Date: Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm (Lunch provided)

Location: Englands Road Waste Management Facility, Coffs Harbour

Cost: $375 including GST (numbers are limited so register early to avoid disappointment)

Download the registration form: click here


Workshop - How to run an effective Community Campaign for Waste Management - Tuesday 3rd May

This workshop is for staff involved in the designing, implementing and evaluating of community campaigns in the area of waste management. During the morning session, our expert speakers will discuss the key components for designing an innovative, successful campaign, ways to implement it, and how to effectively measure its success.

Loaded with ideas and tips for successful campaigns, workshop participants then engage in a facilitated Open Space Technology session, where their ideas for campaigns specific to their council area are workshopped and developed. This is an excellent opportunity to utilise the experience, knowledge and creativity of fellow waste professionals, and come away with an exciting action plan for your next campaign.

The workshop will be facilitated by Grahame Collier, Director, T Issues Consultancy. The expert panel is composed of:

  • Brad Gray, Head of Campaigns, Planet Ark
  • Glenn Eales, Manager QLD, EnviroCom Australia
  • Melissa Hayes, Senior Project Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Jacqui Murray, Business Waste Advisor, Impact Environmental will be the open space facilitator.

Date: Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Time:  Workshop 11.00am - 4.00pm (Lunch provided)

Location: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Workshop $260 including GST
(numbers are limited so register early to avoid disappointment)

Download the registration form: click here   


  Workshop - Tuesday 3rd May
Transforming waste and recycling services in local councils for the 21st Century 

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is pleased to present a workshop on Transforming waste and recycling services in local councils for the 21st Century, facilitated by Helen Millicer from One Planet Consulting. 

Councils are the cornerstone in coordinating and delivering waste and recycling services in Australia. 

Great strides have been made in recent decades, however, so much is still rooted in the 20th century and our recycling rates have plateaued. Challenges and opportunities we face include slowing global economy, falling price for recyclables, severe weather, carbon emissions and hybrid vehicles. 

We continue to see material collected as ‘waste’ not as ‘resources’ and with no end market in mind. Without changing our approach this system will remain linear with recycling around 50% for decades.

This workshop will cover the steps you can take to transform your services for the 21st century. It will address your strategy, KPIs, who you recruit, your partners, priorities and contract opportunities. We will move away from ‘business as usual’ to integrating leading thinking and emerging technologies.

Date: Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Time: 1.30pm - 5.00pm

Location: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour

Cost: $295 (WMAA Members) $445 (Non Members) Includes afternoon tea

For further information or to register: http://bit.ly/1SgDY8A


Breakfast Workshop - How councils can leverage opportunities in the Emissions Reduction Fund - Wednesday 4th May

Hosted by the Clean Energy Regulator and presented by Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager, this breakfast workshop will help you determine if you are you making the most of the opportunities available in the Emissions Reduction Fund. This exclusive breakfast workshop will explain the range of flexible opportunities for local government to participate including aggregation and the wide range of abatement methods. 

New opportunities include activities in waste (source separated organics), energy efficiency and transport. Participating in the Emissions Reduction fund can assist you to reduce your carbon footprint, or that of your city/shire, as well as reducing future operating costs.

Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016

Time: 7.15am - 8.15am  

Location: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free of charge (numbers are limited so book early to secure your place)      

Register: http://bit.ly/1QoQUDT

"The waste conference was incredibly beneficial in gaining insight into waste minimisation and education initiatives that Councils across Australia are implementing."

Jean Young, Waste Education Officer, Greater Shepparton City Council

"Very useful for updating self-knowledge of all aspects, trends and directions of the waste industry, as well as meeting the diverse characters within it."

Darron Ellery, Waste Contracts Coordinator, Shoalhaven City Council

"I recommend the Coffs Conference to all local government representatives. Waste is too important, too costly and too political for you not to know the latest information."

Mike Ritchie, Company Director, MRA Consulting Group

"Very useful and informative conference. As a first time attendee I was impressed and will certainly attend again."

Anthony Lewis, Director, Goulburn Valley Waste & Resource Recovery Group

"The Coffs Waste Conference is the Australian industry's premier event, the one event that simply cannot be missed in an increasingly busy conference space."

Garth Lamb, Business Development Manager, Re-Group

"An invaluable learning and networking resource for both new and seasoned waste professionals."

Guada Lado, Regional Waste Coordinator, WSROC

"This conference ticks all the boxes with informative conference sessions, great networking, a large variety of exhibitions and fantastic hospitality/ organisation."

Sally Rice, Manager Safety Amenity & Environment, Moira Shire Council

"The Waste Conference is a great way to get a comprehensive look at where the waste industry is now and where it will be heading to in the future. It also provides an opportunity to meet the movers and shakers in the waste industry."

James Allsop, Senior Environmental Sustainability Officer, Holroyd City Council

"The Waste Conference at Coffs Harbour has been our 'must exhibit at’ event for more than ten years. A great opportunity to catch up with existing customers and other contacts from within the industry."

Paula Harrison, National Manager, EnviroCom Australia

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