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3 - 5 May

Opal Cove Resort
Coffs Harbour NSW

Our Presenters

  • Adam Faulkner
    Chief Executive Officer, East Waste

    After 10 years managing waste and energy recovery services in one of Australia’s fastest growing population corridors, Adam left his Director role at Tweed Shire Council to head up Hyder Consulting’s Melbourne Waste and Resource Manag..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Raising the bar: Benchmarking as a tool for assessing and improving operational performance in collections



  • Alex Young
    Senior Manager, Resource Recovery, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Alex has worked in the NSW Government on waste and recycling issues since 2002, including managing the commercial and industrial program and the product stewardship program. His current role oversees the delivery of the $250 million Waste Less, R..
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    Session: Container Deposit Scheme Stream
    Presentation Title: Container Deposits: How much cash is in the bins?



  • Amanda Reichelt-Brushett
    Associate Professor Deputy Head of School, Southern Cross University

    Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett is Deputy Head of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. She is a multidisciplinary scientist and expert in contamination assessment and impacts. She has recently been part of the expert p..
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    Session: Keynote Address and Workshop
    Presentation Title: Keynote: Southern Cross University - launching a new degree major for waste management and resource recovery / Workshop: Creating job ready graduates for the waste management industry – what do employers want?



  • Amar Rathore
    General Manager, Technical Assessment & Support, Clean Energy Regulator

    Amar Rathore is the General Manager of Technical Assessment and Support Branch at the Clean Energy Regulator. Prior to this, he was responsible for RET Market Operations at the former Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator. Mr Rathore has over ..
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    Session: Keynote Address
    Presentation Title: Seeing the opportunities in abatement



  • Andrea Baldwin
    Team Leader Waste Management, Albury City Council

    Andrea Baldwin has worked as the Team Leader Waste Management at Albury City Council since 2008. Andrea is responsible for the management of the Albury Waste Management Centre, oversees the regional kerbside collection contract, other waste relat..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Thinking of going FOGO? Collaboration is key



  • Andrew Johns
    Director Environment and Planning, Lachlan Shire Council

    Andrew has worked in Central West NSW Councils for nearly twenty years. After holding various Town Planner positions at Bathurst City and Dubbo City, he spent eight years as the Manager Development Services at Parkes Shire. He has been the Direct..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Waste rationalisation in a remote Western NSW Shire



  • Andrew Quinn
    Principal Environmental Consultant Waste Management, GHD

    Andrew Quinn is a waste management professional with more than 20 years’ experience. He has worked for the NSW Government’s Recycling Advisory Unit, the NSW EPA, Pacific Waste Management (now SUEZ), Kinhill Engineers and APrince Consu..
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    Session: Tenders & Contracts Stream
    Presentation Title: Performance Based Contracting – Hume MRF Case Study



  • Angus Johnston
    Principal Consultant Waste & Resource Recovery, KMH Environmental

    Angus Johnston has 17 years of experience working in the waste management and resource recovery field for government and the private sector. Angus specialises in project design and management, planning and establishing recycling systems and infra..
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    Session: Organics Stream
    Presentation Title: AS4454 is not the holy grail for recycled organic products



  • Anil Gupta
    Waste Education & Contracts Administration Officer, City of Canterbury

    Waste Education and Contracts Administration Officer for City of Canterbury. Qualified with a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and an Engineer with a Master in Business Management. Worked extensively across diverse industries acro..
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    Session: Collection Steam
    Presentation Title: Multi-unit dwelling engagement and resource recovery



  • Anne Prince
    Director, A.Prince Consulting

    Anne Prince is an independent consultant with over 30 years’ experience in waste management at local, regional, state and international levels gained in Australia, Europe and Asia. Anne pioneered waste audits in Australia in 1993 and is sti..
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    Session: Container Deposit Scheme
    Presentation Title: Container Deposits: How much cash is in the bins?



  • Anthony Collins
    Manager of Sustainability & Waste, Parramatta City Council

    Anthony Collins currently holds the position of Manager Sustainability and Waste at Parramatta City Council and has over 23 years local government experience having previously worked for Pittwater and Hornsby Shire Council. He holds tertiary qual..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: You are what you waste – photographic exploration of the waste we produce



  • Ben Rolfe
    Lecturer in Serious Games, University of the Sunshine Coast

    Ben Rolfe is the Lecturer in Serious Games at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Serious Games are playful activities which achieve real-world outcomes, including education and cause marketing. Ben’s recent work includes: Serious Urban ..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: Utilising play for community engagement and education



  • Benjamin Reid
    Project Officer, Tangaroa Blue Foundation

    Ben Reid is an Environmental Planner at AECOM, he is also actively involved in the fight against marine debris as a volunteer with Tangaroa Blue Foundation. This passion began when he moved to Townsville, North QLD and was witness to the unaccept..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Waste on our shores



  • Brad Gray
    Head of Campaigns, Planet Ark

    Brad trained and worked as a secondary teacher in the areas of history and geography before moving into the health education sector for 14 years. He started at Planet Ark in 2007 as Recycling Programs Manager working on National Recycling Week, &..
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    Session: Pre-Conference Workshop
    Presentation Title: How to run an effective Community Campaign for Waste Management



  • Brendan Lee
    Sales & Marketing Manager, Closed Loop

    Brendan is an environmental scientist with over 15 years’ experience working as a science communicator, regulator and project manager for the private sector, public sector and community organisations. For the past two years Brendan has work..
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    Session: Circular Economy Stream
    Presentation Title: Using a Circular Economy approach as a marketing tool



  • Brian Callander
    CEO, Mindarie Regional Council

    Brian Callander commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) in January 2012. Brian joined the MRC from the local government sector having managed a number of portfolios including Finance, Town Planning, Buildin..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Cameron Ross
    Resource Recovery Officer, Cleanaway

    Resource Recovery Officer for Cleanaway. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Science majoring in Conservation and Climate Change Science. Currently undertaking a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability. Interests include environmental..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Multi-unit dwelling engagement and resource recovery



  • Carmel Dollisson
    CEO, ANZRP

    Carmel Dollisson is CEO, Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP), which operates the free TechCollect e-waste recycling program that focuses on responsible recycling to achieve sound environmental outcomes. Carmel is a ..
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    Session: Product Stewardship Stream
    Presentation Title: Finding the waste: what the NRCRS needs to do next



  • Chindarat Taylor (Dr)
    Founder and Director, Resource Efficiency Pathway, UK and Thailand

    Dr Chindarat Taylor is the Founder and Director of Resource Efficiency Pathway, a consultancy that advises municipalities and companies on the development of waste to energy infrastructure in the UK and internationally, with special focus on the ..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream / Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Waste to energy infrastructure development: A global perspective / Panel Discussion: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Chris Morrison
    Program Director, ACT Waste Feasibility Study, ACT Government

    Chris Morrison is the Program Director of the ACT Waste Feasibility Study which is designing and leading the new ‘decade long’ transformation of the ACT’s waste sector that will drive over 95% of all waste away from landfill and..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream / Tenders & Contracts Stream
    Presentation Title: ACT Waste Feasibility Study – a transformation roadmap towards improved waste management for the ACT / Performance Based Contracting – Hume MRF Case Study



  • Daniel McPhee
    Director, Procure Group

    Daniel is a director of Procure Group Pty Ltd. Procure provide probity, procurement and investigation services to Federal, State and Local Government, and associated organisations. Daniel has director oversight of probity advisory and procurement..
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    Session: Tenders & Contracts Stream
    Presentation Title: Evaluating tenders for waste services – probity, positives and pitfalls



  • Danielle Hanigan
    Waste Education Officer, Lismore City Council

    Danielle is Lismore City Council’s Waste Education Officer. With a degree in Communications, Danielle has worked in both the private and public sectors of the waste industry and has been with Lismore City Council since 2011. With the introd..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: Schools waste wise challenge



  • Danielle Playford
    Manager Illegal Dumping, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Danielle Playford has 23 years' experience in the environment sector. She has spent 20 years working in regulation and programs with the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Danielle has extensive experience investigating breaches of environment..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Illegal Dumping - coming to a smartphone near you



  • Danyelle Carter
    Manager Regional Delivery, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Danyelle has over 20 years’ experience in the environment sector and currently manages the delivery of the $137.7 million Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery program under Waste Less, Recycle More, including non-contestable funding..
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    Session: Education Stream
    Presentation Title: Making a real difference – a new waste paradigm for Aboriginal communities



  • Darryl Atkins
    Manager Rid Project, Bankstown City Council

    Darryl has been in local Government for over thirty (30) years with a number of NSW Councils. He has extensive experience as an Environmental Health and Building Surveyor, has worked in Waste Management and in the enforcement of local Government ..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping and Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Councils and EPA - Rid the State of dumping



  • Darryl Nichols
    CoFounder, Garage Sale Trail Foundation

    Darryl Nichols is an innovator and social entrepreneur who is the co-founder of one of Australia’s largest Council powered community & sustainability campaigns, Garage Sale Trail. For his work with Garage Sale Trail, Darryl has be..
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    Session: Social Enterprise Stream
    Presentation Title: Garage Sale Trail, government-enabled, community-powered



  • David Ife
    Technical Director – Environment, AECOM

    David Ife has been working as a hydrogeologist and landfill expert for 41 years. He is a Technical Director Environment in the AECOM Melbourne office and is the Technical Practice Lead for the Landfills and Waste Practice Group. He is responsible..
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    Session: Landfill Stream
    Presentation Title: Prioritising remediation of former landfill sites



  • David Imrie
    CEO, Keep NSW Beautiful

    David Imrie is the CEO of Keep NSW Beautiful. He has held senior executive roles and directorships in both the corporate and not for profit sectors, earning a reputation for leading change, growth and strategy for future sustainability. Since com..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Community litter grants



  • David Kuhn
    Regional Strategic Coordinator, SSROC (Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils)

    David Kuhn is a Waste and Resource Recovery Coordinator for SSROC working on behalf of 16 councils in the Southern Sydney region, which is home to 1.8 million residents. David’s workplan includes illegal dumping and litter planning, regiona..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Valuing what’s unwanted – what’s next after a clean-up audit?



  • Denise Knight (Cr)
    Mayor, Coffs Harbour City Council

    Denise has lived in Sawtell with her husband Christopher and 3 children Katherine, David and Amy (who now live in Sydney) for the past 30 years. She is a Registered Nurse by profession and has worked at the Health Campus in the Emergency Departme..
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    Session: Welcome Address
    Presentation Title: N/A



  • Dominic Hogg
    Chairman and Founder, Eunomia Research & Consulting

    Dr Dominic Hogg is Chairman of Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd, the company he founded fifteen years ago. He has enormous experience in developing policies and strategies to deliver more sustainable waste and resource management, mainly in ..
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    Session: Panel Discussion / Circular Economy Stream
    Presentation Title: Understanding the Circular Economy / Circular economy progress in the UK: EEE case studies



  • Dominic Schliebs
    Team Leader, Waste Advisory Team, Arcadis

    Dominic has over 14 years’ experience in the waste management industry. He spent almost 8 years working in the UK and has been involved in a number of international projects in various locations. Dom is currently project managing the develo..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Developing a plan for Queensland’s future waste infrastructure



  • Emma Mountjoy
    Senior Environmental Consultant, Arcadis

    Emma is a Senior Environmental Consultant at Arcadis (formerly Hyder Consulting) with over six years’ industry experience. Emma has strong skills in data analysis and waste modelling; some of her recent projects include the national End-of-..
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    Session: Collections Stream
    Presentation Title: Raising the Bar: Benchmarking as a tool for assessing and improving operational performance in collections



  • Glenn Eales
    Manager (Qld) , EnviroCom Australia

    Glenn is the Queensland Regional Manager with the environmental consultancy EnviroCom. EnviroCom is an innovative environmental consultancy specialising in education, research and training. Glenn has a background in community education and has be..
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    Session: Pre-Conference Workshop
    Presentation Title: How to run an effective Community Campaign for Waste Management



  • Grahame Collier
    Consultant, T Issues Consultancy

    Grahame is a self-employed consultant who has had a long history in developing, delivering and evaluating education about waste management. He has written extensively on the issue of how to generate behaviour change though education. His involvem..
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    Session: Pre-Conference Workshop
    Presentation Title: How to run an effective Community Campaign for Waste Management



  • Grant Gibson
    Engineering and Environmental Projects Manager, Cleanaway

    Grant joined Cleanaway in 2015 as Engineering & Environmental Projects Manager. In this role Grant supports the Post Collections business unit in its landfill and transfer station development, operations and compliance including the award win..
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    Session: Landfill Stream
    Presentation Title: Achieving landfill excellence



  • Grant Musgrove
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR)

    Grant is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), the peak national advocacy body for the resource recovery industry. Grant has degrees in both Environmental Planning and Economics and began his career working in..
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    Session: Circular Economy
    Presentation Title: The circular economy: A resource recovery industry perspective



  • Greg Freeman
    Managing Director, Impact Environmental Consulting

    Greg has a background in environmental health and established Impact Environmental Consulting in 1997. Prior to that he spent 15 years in Local Government in NSW. Greg's specialist skills are in waste management, strategic business development and en..
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    Session: Container Deposit Scheme Stream
    Presentation Title: Local Government issues regarding the Container Deposit Scheme



  • Hazel Storey
    Strategic Regional Coordinator, SSROC (Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils)

    Hazel has worked in sustainability for over 10 years; locally, statewide and nationally. As an Associate of the Centre of Local Government she has also undertaken research projects for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government. Thi..
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    Session: Planning and Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Is Energy from Waste a ‘hot topic’ for the community?



  • Heather Brooks
    Waste Education Officer, Strathfield Council

    Introducing Heather Brooks my current role is as Waste Education Officer for Strathfield Council which I been performing for the last year after a varied career in several environmental fields. I have a Bachelor of Science with a major in Eco..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Resource recovery integrated website



  • Helen Jarman
    Managing Director, Infoactiv

    Helen Jarman is the founder and Managing Director of Infoactiv ­ an independent provider of supply chain solutions across the Asia Pacific region. Infoactiv delivers asset management and product recovery services to OEMs, brands, retailers, corpo..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Understanding the Circular Economy



  • Henry Moore
    Manager Waste Strategy and Innovation, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Henry Moore heads the Waste Strategy and Innovation Section of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). His teams are responsible for regulatory reform, policy and strategy development, administration of the waste levy, assessment and deve..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream / Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Breaking bad / Panel Discussion: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Ian Stupple
    Head of Waste Solutions, Auckland Council

    Ian is Head of Waste Solutions and leading Auckland Council’s waste transformation programme. This includes developing services from seven former councils to the Auckland ‘super city' and its 1.5 million residents. Ian's previous..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: How Auckland's new inorganic collection service is maximising resource recovery and social value



  • Jacqui Murray
    Business Waste Advisor, Impact Environmental

    Jacqui Murray is passionate about raising awareness of and advocating for our precious environment. Through her work in sustainability education over the past 6 years, she has worked with thousands of students, community members and business peop..
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    Session: Pre-Conference Workshop
    Presentation Title: How to run an effective Community Campaign for Waste Management



  • James Turnell
    Manager Waste Services, Armidale Dumaresq Council

    James graduated with a Bachelor of Natural Resources (Hons) from the University of New England in 2001 and completed a PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2008. He undertook a Post-Doctoral Research position until 2009 when he started work at Arm..
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    Session: Regional Corner Workshop
    Presentation Title: Thinking about implementing FOGO collection?



  • Janet Sparrow
    Senior Project Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Janet has more than ten years of experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of environmental education and waste management programs in NSW State and Local Government, in the not-for-profit sector, and at a university in the Philippines. W..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: So, you think you can recycle?



  • Janine Ricketts
    Assistant Director, Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

    Janine Ricketts has worked for NSROC since 2012, for the greater part of that time she has been managing an innovative regional procurement project for waste processing and disposal services with five member Councils. Her previous roles include E..
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    Session: Planning and Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Moving the mountain - regional waste in metro Sydney



  • Jason Graham-Nye
    Co-Founder, gCycle

    Jason Graham-Nye along with his wife Kim are the co-founders of gCycle (www.gCycle.com.au (http://www.gCycle.com.au)), a global company with an industry leading solution for nappy waste – our purpose is to end our dependence on landfill by ..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Understanding the Circular Economy



  • Jeff Angel
    Executive Director, Total Environmental Centre

    Jeff Angel is Executive Director of the Total Environment Centre and National Convenor of the Boomerang Alliance of 30 groups. He has been involved in the development of waste and recycling policy and law for the past 30 years at national and sta..
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    Session: Panel Discussion Day 1 / Container Deposit Scheme Stream
    Presentation Title: CDS Panel / The impact and benefits to communities as a result of CDS



  • Jem Hansen
    Chair, Make the Change Project Management Group, AAEE NSW

    Jem provides consulting and design services for waste management, sustainability and environmental education at 360green environmental consultancy. He has a long involvement with the Australian Association for Environmental Education where he has..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: Make the change: a new NSW framework for education and engagement for sustainability



  • John Cavanagh
    Manager Waste, Health & Regulatory Services, Great Lakes Council

    Currently works for Great Lakes Council in Forster on the Mid North Coast of NSW. He is the Manager of Waste, Health & Regulatory Services. John has over 25 years' experience in waste management and possesses the broad range of skills needed to o..
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    Session: Regional Corner Workshop
    Presentation Title: Approval process for waste facilities



  • John Weate
    Consultant, Resource Recovery Australia

    John Weate is Founder of the multi-award winning social enterprise Resource Recovery, and a consultant for Resource Recovery Australia (RRA), social enterprise consultants for the waste industry. As CEO of Great Lakes Community Resources, a not-f..
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    Session: Social Enterprise Stream
    Presentation Title: Social procurement and social enterprises turning waste into wages



  • Joyanne Manning
    Australasia Resource and Waste Leader, ARUP

    Joyanne Manning has worked on waste related projects for over 20 years. Joyanne leads the Resource and Waste Business for Arup in Australasia. Moving to Australia five years ago, Joyanne started her career in 1995 by undertaking a study of the Ir..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Julian Chan
    Principal Policy Officer, Strategic Environment & Waste Policy, Qld Department Environment and Heritage Protection

    Julian is a town planner with over 15 years’ experience in planning policy and environmental science and regulation. He is familiar with how industrial processes can generate impacts on the environment and human health and how planning can ..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Developing a plan for Queensland’s future waste infrastructure



  • Juliana Cain
    Regional Waste Education Coordinator, Hunter Councils

    Juliana is the Regional Waste Education Coordinator in the Hunter working with 9 member councils to deliver educational programs across the region. Juliana has a bachelor degree in Science (Psychology and Human Geography) and has worked with loca..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Supporting charities affected by illegal dumping



  • Karen Gomez
    Chief Executive, Paintback

    Karen Gomez is the Chief Executive of the national paint disposal scheme Paintback. Karen is an experienced leader in product stewardship. Karen has over 15 years of executive experience in not-for-profit, finance, manufacturing, telecommunicatio..
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    Session: Product Stewardship Stream
    Presentation Title: Paintback: Transforming the stewardship space



  • Karen Rudkin
    Project Officer, North East Waste

    Karen has been working with North East Waste for over 10 years and has extensive experience in a wide range of regional waste programs including business waste reduction, waste wise events, sustainable procurement and numerous waste education pro..
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    Session: Regional Corner Workshop
    Presentation Title: Promotion of CRC’s



  • Kathryn Herron
    Environmental Consultant Waste & Sustainability, KMH Environmental

    Kathryn is an Environmental Consultant at KMH Environmental with 5 years’ experience in the waste and sustainability industry. Kathryn has extensive experience working with local government and has been involved in a wide variety of project..
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    Session: Organics Stream
    Presentation Title: AS4454 is not the holy grail for recycled organic products



  • Kathy Scarborough
    Waste Audit Manager, KESAB environmental solutions

    Kathy joined KESAB as a causal teacher in their education centre at Statewide Recycling in 2003, moving into a permanent role in 2008 as a waste educator and part of the Wipe Out Waste school audit program, developing education resources and prog..
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    Session: Organics Stream
    Presentation Title: Engaging the community to improve food organics diversion



  • Kathy Woods
    Manager - Resource Recovery, The Hills Shire Council

    Kathy Woods started her career in the waste industry in 1989 working for Cleanaway. This introduction into the industry gave Kathy a valuable insight into the inexplicable world of waste. In her ten years with Cleanaway she undertook various posi..
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    Session: Tenders & Contracts Stream
    Presentation Title: Building contracts for all waste services



  • Ken Wilson
    Sustainable Service Coordinator, Clarence Valley Council

    Ken has been responsible for managing environmental and waste services in the Clarence Valley for over 25 years. Ken has a Masters degree in applied science and has extensive experience in sustainability and all areas of delivering innovative and..
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    Session: Regional Corner Workshop
    Presentation Title: Innovative transfer station design



  • Kiera Crosariol
    Environmental Consultant – Project Manager, MRA Consulting Group

    Kiera specialises in hazardous waste, specifically asbestos, local government contracts, tenders and procurement and waste management plans. Kiera manages a pilot asbestos scheme, the Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS). The ..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS)



  • Lee Smith
    Director, Möbius Partners

    Originally trained as an architect, Lee has worked in waste management and recycling since 1987. He has been responsible for a number of industry-changing developments in Australia and New Zealand including the Woodlawn Bioreactor & Eco-preci..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Waste mattresses – not just a council problem



  • Lina Goodman
    General Manager Marketing, TIC Group

    Lina Goodman is the General Manager Marketing at TIC Group. Lina has more than 20 years’ experience in resource recovery and environmental innovation, bringing together projects and partners to deliver business and environmental improvement..
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    Session: Circular Economy Stream
    Presentation Title: TIC Group delivering a circular economy solution



  • Linda Tohver
    Education Coordinator, North East Waste

    Linda Tohver is the Education Coordinator for NE Waste. Linda has worked in the environment and waste sector, with a focus on education and community engagement for 17 years. Her roles have varied from working with environmental organisations, lo..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: The Love Food Hate Waste Challenge – a multifaceted education program



  • Mark Conlon
    Program Director, Waste Aid

    Mark Conlon has more than 20 years-experience in senior roles in NSW government and most recently as a member of the NSW Aboriginal Affairs Executive where he was responsible for development of Aboriginal community governance, leadership and comm..
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    Session: Social Enterprise Stream
    Presentation Title: Making a real difference – a new waste paradigm for Aboriginal communities



  • Mark Daniels
    Head of Market & Sector Development, Social Traders

    Mark plays a key role in social procurement by introducing new markets to the benefits of social enterprise. He also works with social enterprises to build capacity in winning contracts and finding customers. Mark has led milestone projects inclu..
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    Session: Social Enterprise Stream
    Presentation Title: Social procurement and social enterprises turning waste into wages



  • Mark Hilton
    Resource Efficiency Lead, Eunomia Research and Consulting

    Mark is Resource Efficiency Lead with Eunomia Research and Consulting, based in the UK. He is an aeronautical engineer by background and has a masters’ degree in environmental engineering and 32 years’ experience in industry and envir..
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    Session: Circular Economy Stream
    Presentation Title: Circular economy progress in the UK; EEE case studies



  • Mark Jackson (Dr)
    Director, Jackson Environment and Planning

    Mark is a nationally recognised waste management specialist with 22 years experience in the field. He is Director of Jackson Environment and Planning, a specialist infrastructure, planning and advisory firm. For the past 12 years he has held seni..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Business planning for resource recovery infrastructure – lessons learnt from within the engine room



  • Mark Taylor
    NSW General Manager Resource Recovery, Veolia Environmental Services (Australia)

    Mark, is the General Manager of Veolia’s Waste Infrastructure business in NSW, with 25 years experience in the Waste Management Industry. He is responsible for Veolia’s network of recycling, transfer, treatment and disposal facilities..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Moving the mountain - regional waste in metro Sydney



  • Matt Genever
    Chief Executive Officer, Tyre Stewardship Australia

    Matt Genever is Chief Executive Officer of Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA). TSA has been established to administer the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, which aims to improve management of end of life tyres across Australia and support t..
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    Session: Product Stewardship Stream
    Presentation Title: Two years on: Tyre stewardship in Australia



  • Michael Sankey
    Regional Manager – Sydney Municipal, Cleanaway

    Michael joined Cleanaway in the role of Regional Manager in 2015. In this role, Michael is responsible for managing nine Municipal contracts which involves all aspects of servicing one of the most diverse collection areas in Australia. In his tim..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Kerbside hard waste collection methodologies and MUD’s - future trend analysis



  • Michael Whelan (Dr)
    Course Co-ordinator Bachelor of Environmental Science, Southern Cross University

    Michael Whelan is a Teaching Scholar with the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University. Michael has been Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Science degree since 2007. He teaches, geographic inf..
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    Session: Workshop
    Presentation Title: Creating job ready graduates for the waste management industry – what do employers want?



  • Michelle Mandl-Keating
    Education Manager NSW/ACT, Cleanaway

    Michelle commenced her career in sustainability and waste in 2002, working as an environmental educator at various NSW DET Environmental Education centres in the Sydney basin teaching students about their local environment. In 2006, Michelle join..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: 110,000 students and counting- Learnings from a decade of delivering Cleanaway’s kNOw wasteTM education program



  • Mike Ritchie
    Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group

    Mike is the Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group. He was a senior executive in the waste industry with 25 years of experience in Visy, SITA and Waste Service NSW. He was also a Director of Liverpool Council and senior adviser to t..
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    Session: Keynote Address
    Presentation Title: 20 years of waste in review



  • Miles Lochhead
    Deputy Convenor, Community Recycling Network Australia (CRN)

    Miles has spent 20+ years as a practitioner in the waste management industry concentrating on resource recovery and the pursuit of sustainable solutions for 20 of those years. Miles is now developing a consulting business zeRRRo, specialisi..
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    Session: Social Enterprise Stream
    Presentation Title: Circular Economy Centres, putting the CE into CRC’s



  • Miriam Borthwick
    Former ABC Journalist, Media and Communications Consultant

    Miriam Borthwick is an experienced journalist, strategic communications and media relations advisor with more than 25 years working in the media, government and corporate sectors. Miriam has experience in providing clients in the public and ..
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    Session: Panel Disscussion
    Presentation Title: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Narelle Anderson
    Managing Director, Envirobank Recycling

    Narelle is the founder and Managing Director of Envirobank Recycling and is responsible for the strategic direction of Envirobank she has been in the waste management industry for more than 14 years. She is a hands on Managing Director and loves ..
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    Session: Day 1 - Panel Discussion & Container Deposit Scheme Stream
    Presentation Title: CDS Panel / The role of reverse vending machines in the Container Deposit Scheme



  • Nick Duffy
    Operations Supervisor VIC/TAS, Cleanaway

    I have worked in the waste industry for about eight years, I have experience across most aspects of landfill management and have progressed from a plant operator on the active tip face to an operations supervisor responsible for several sites. My..
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    Session: Landfill Stream
    Presentation Title: Getting the best out of your contractors on a landfill site



  • Nina McHardy
    Project Communications and Education Manager, Cleanaway

    Nina McHardy has been in her current role with Cleanaway since 2013. Throughout the three-bin system roll out, Nina was responsible for the marketing, communications and education aspects of the project implementing the comprehensive Community Ba..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Thinking of going FOGO? Collaboration is key



  • Noni Shannon
    Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

    Noni Shannon is an experienced environment, planning and climate change lawyer based in Sydney. She advises Government and the private sector across Australia on the environmental and planning aspects of complex infrastructure, energy and propert..
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    Session: Tenders & Contracts Stream
    Presentation Title: Innovation in waste service tenders and contracts



  • Patricia Chamberlain (Dr)
    Research Analyst, Centre for Environmental Solutions

    Patricia has 20 years’ experience in the waste and energy industries. At C4ES, Patricia works with industry and government to improve their environmental performance, particularly in relation to technical and commercial advice for sustainab..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Using technology for best practice monitoring and reporting in waste collection contracts



  • Paul Frith
    Director, Frith Resource Management UK

    Paul began his career in the technical department of the Professional Body for wastes management in the UK in 1996, and went into consultancy in 2003. Paul provides technical advice to waste contractors and local authorities on waste collection, ..
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    Session: Keynote Presentation
    Presentation Title: The UK: going circular in a time of austerity



  • Peter Cotterill
    Senior Environment & Health Coordinator, Narrabri Shire Council

    Peter has been employed in various Local Government roles for the past 33 years, the last 15 specifically in waste management areas. This has encompassed regional and rural waste collection and disposal management at Casino, Richmond Valley and m..
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    Session: Regional Corner Workshop
    Presentation Title: Decommissioning rural landfills



  • Peter McLean
    Executive Officer, Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA)

    The Australian Organics Recycling Association’s (AORA’s) Executive officer, Peter McLean has a background in State and Local Government as well as the not-for-profit industry. Local government experience includes working at Warringah ..
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    Session: Organics Stream
    Presentation Title: Beneficial reuse of organic resources. Localised viewpoints, ideas and case studies for organic recyclers



  • Peter Tamblyn
    Sales and Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific, Close the Loop

    Peter joined Close the Loop in May 2014 after over 20 years in the IT industry. He brings a broad experience in senior sales leadership roles from working with Ricoh, Lexmark, Computershare, and Fuji Xerox. He was instrumental in the development ..
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    Session: Product Stewardship Stream
    Presentation Title: Product Stewardship, Resource Recovery, Circular Economy/Reuse Applications



  • Phil Carbins
    NSW Projects Director, SUEZ

    Phil has over 25 years engineering, operations, asset and business management experience within technical, environmental and regulated industries, including over seventeen years waste management and resource recovery experience specialising in la..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Challenges and risks to waste management infrastructure



  • Renee Fairhurst
    Senior Project Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Renee has worked for the NSW EPA for the past 7 years both in waste compliance and now the illegal dumping program team. Her work at the EPA has included regulating the waste industry, investigating unlawful waste activities such as illegal..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: Illegal Dumping - coming to a smartphone near you



  • Rob Millard
    Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group

    Rob Millard commenced the role of CEO, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group in 2007 bringing with him 30 years of local government experience. Rob has led the MWRRG through many achievements including the growth of the organisation and ..
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    Session: Collection Stream
    Presentation Title: Waste mattresses – not just a council problem



  • Robbie Beale
    Manager Waste and Recycling Infrastructure , NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Robbie has over fifteen years experience in education including working on behaviour change programs and evaluation. Robbie currently manages the $60 million Waste Less, Recycle More Waste and Recycling Infrastructure program which includes the I..
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    Session: Circular Economy Stream
    Presentation Title: Industrial Ecology. The truth is out there



  • Ron Wainberg (Dr)
    Technical Director, MRA Consulting Group

    Ron Wainberg has developed key skills in the field of solid waste management and has over 30 years’ experience in both project and contract management gained in Europe, Asia and Australia. He is a consultant with a particular interest in re..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: EfW in Australia – What does it mean for Local Government?



  • Rose Read
    CEO, MRI

    With a background in product stewardship, natural resource and environmental management, Rose thrives on delivering practical sustainability solutions in collaboration with industry, government and the community. Rose’s extensive work in el..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Understanding the Circular Economy



  • Roslyn Florie-George
    Business Manager, MRA Consulting Group

    Roslyn is responsible for managing the MRA team, comprising more than 20 consultants specialising in recycling and waste strategy, carbon, commercial negotiations, licencing, planning, grants, auditing and education. Roslyn specialises in da..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazardous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: It costs HOW much? - The cost of litter management to NSW



  • Sarah King
    Senior Research Consultant, CSIRO

    Sarah King is a senior research consultant working in Manufacturing for CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. Sarah’s research interests are sustainable manufacturing, innovation networks and industrial symbiosis. Sarah is curre..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Understanding the Circular Economy



  • Sharon Owens
    Manager Litter Prevention – Community Waste Programs, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Sharon manages the $20 million Waste Less, Recycle More Litter Prevention program, including the Hey Tosser! litter prevention awareness campaign and grant funding for councils to develop and implement local litter prevention projects. Her introd..
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    Session: Litter, Illegal Dumping & Hazrdous Waste Stream
    Presentation Title: It costs HOW much? - The cost of litter management to NSW



  • Sian McGhie
    Senior Project Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Sian has led the development and implementation of the EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More $17 million Local Government Organics Collection and $43 million Organics Infrastructure (large and small) grants programs. Previously, as a member of the ..
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    Session: Organics Stream
    Presentation Title: Green bin revolution



  • Simon Currie
    Global Head of Energy, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

    Simon is an international market leader in the renewable energy sector. He advises clients across the globe on strategy and the development, acquisition and financing of assets in the energy sector, including oil and gas, natural resources and in..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Steve Beaman
    Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    Steve co-ordinates and deliver waste policy, reform, compliance and programs in NSW, including the delivery of the NSW Government’s $465 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative, the largest waste and recycling funding program in Aus..
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    Session: Day 1 Keynote
    Presentation Title: Waste Ecosystem: Policy, regulatory reform, funding and technology working together



  • Steve Miller
    Chief Executive Officer, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

    Steve Miller has more than 30 years of experience in the management of recycling and manufacturing facilities, including a 20-year career as the Vice President of a national recycling company. Since taking over as CEO of Bulk Handling Systems (BH..
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Understanding the Circular Economy



  • Steve Pellen
    Coordinator City Services, Kempsey Shire Council

    Over the past 15 years Steve has focussed on major events management including the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup and many more sporting events. Another focus has been community engagement through tourism..
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    Session: Regional Corner
    Presentation Title: Kempsey CRC trailer



  • Steven Campbell
    Director Planning & Environment / NetWaste Executive Officer, Parkes Shire Council

    Steven Campbell, Director Planning and Environment has been with Parkes Shire Council since August 1990. Mr Campbell holds qualifications in Health, Building (A1- Accredited Certifier) and Local Government Management. Steven has held a number of ..
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    Session: Regional Corner Workshop
    Presentation Title: Facilitator



  • Susy Cenedese
    Strategy Manager, Local Government NSW

    As Strategy Manager for Local Government NSW, Susy has responsibility for policy engagement on environmental issues affecting Local Government including natural resource management, sustainability, coastal issues, waste and asbestos management. S..
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    Session: Day 1 - Panel Discussion / Container Deposit Scheme Stream
    Presentation Title: A CDS for NSW: Issues and Opportunities / Local government issues regarding the container deposit scheme



  • Tania Parkinson
    Environment and Waste Coordinator, Gloucester Shire Council

    Tania has been living in Gloucester for the past 16 years. During that time she has owned and managed a family farming business. In 2010 Tania joined Gloucester Council as the Sustainability Officer, and found herself managing waste. During this ..
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    Session: Landfill Stream
    Presentation Title: Gloucester, the transition of a rural landfill



  • Tanya Barden
    Director, Economics and Sustainability, Australian Food & Grocery Council

    In August 2012, Tanya Barden joined the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which represents food, beverage and grocery manufacturers. As Director, Economics and Sustainability, Tanya works on a wide range of sustainability issues including ener..
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    Session: Panel discussion
    Presentation Title: Container Deposit Scheme



  • Toni Heward
    Senior Consultant (Victoria), EnviroCom Australia

    Toni is an experienced project manager, responsible for designing and delivering communication and engagement strategies with a focus on a strategic approach to waste education. Toni is presently engaged in a number of lead roles, including ..
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    Session: Education & Technology Stream
    Presentation Title: Case study: Engaging CALD communities on waste & recycling in MUDs



  • Tony Wright
    Joint Managing Director, Wright Corporate Strategy

    Tony Wright is a partner in a leading public policy, strategy and technology advisory firm operating in the Australian environment and infrastructure sectors. He is an experienced CEO, board chair, and consultant, with recognised achievements in ..
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    Session: Day 1 Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Container Deposit Scheme



  • Vicky Critchley
    Project Manager, Elton Consulting

    For the last nine years Vicky has been working at Elton Consulting, leading their sustainability policy and practice area. Prior to Elton Consulting, Vicky was employed as one of the first local government sustainability officers in NSW. She is i..
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    Session: Planning & Infrastructure Stream
    Presentation Title: Is Energy from Waste a ‘hot topic’ for the community?



  • Emmanuel Vivant
    Executive Director - Development, Performance and Innovation, SUEZ

    Emmanuel has worked with SUEZ since 2001 and has significant international experience in the resource recovery and waste treatment sectors. Emmanuel has held roles in France and Hong Kong and has a Civil Engineering degree...
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    Session: Panel Discussion
    Presentation Title: Energy from Waste: meeting economic and political goals



  • Melissa Hayes
    Senior Project Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority

    My specialist management skills include expertise across the strategic, operational and evaluation levels of traditional and contemporary marketing and communications, community engagement, program design and management, stakeholder engagement an..
    Read more >

    Session: Pre-Conference Workshop
    Presentation Title: How to run an effective Community Campaign for Waste Management



"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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