Waste Management in Boothby

24 Aug 2020 speech

Ms FLINT (Boothby—Government Whip) (13:31): The Morrison government is taking strong and decisive action on waste reduction and recycling. We're banning the export of plastic, paper, glass and tyres and investing almost $360 million in local waste and recycling projects.

Leading this vital work is the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, who I recently hosted in my electorate of Boothby to visit key local environmental projects. We were both hugely impressed by the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority's plans for a new materials-recycling facility. This project is supported by two of my local councils, the cities of Holdfast Bay and Marion, and by neighbouring Onkaparinga. If they can secure full funding for the project, this new recycling facility will potentially process 60,000 tonnes of recycling a year, create 37 jobs and support the waste needs of all of southern Adelaide and the Fleurieu, including the Holdfast, Marion and Mitcham areas in my electorate. In addition to processing recycling the facility will create an opportunity to leverage the circular economy, where other industries can co-locate to help us all to re-use, repurpose and recycle.

This is a standout project that encapsulates the exact approach that the federal government is taking to waste management, which is why I am fighting for funding for this facility. Successive councils and mayors had the vision to secure and develop this site, and I want to thank them all, including mayors Amanda Wilson, Kris Hanna and Erin Thompson and SRWRA chairman Mark Booth. I will continue to work with them all for my local community.