Gordon Fraser-Quick is leaving the North East Waste Forum with big hopes for its future.
Gordon Fraser-Quick is leaving the North East Waste Forum with big hopes for its future. Jacklyn Wagner

Fraser-Quick calls it quits

NORTH East Waste Forum founder and co-ordinator, Gordon Fraser-Quick, is bowing out after 10 years with the ground-breaking organisation.

Mr Fraser-Quick achieved a first in waste management by establishing the forum across Northern Rivers council areas and helping to develop a co-ordinated regional approach to waste.

“In 1996 I was involved in waste strategy at Lismore City Council and what became clear very quickly was that unless we had full regional co-operation and collaboration we wouldn't achieve the necessary outcomes,” Mr Fraser-Quick said. “At that time there were 43 landfill sites that were unregulated, unlined, uncovered and, in many cases, unstaffed.”

The North East Waste Forum model has since been adopted and implemented across NSW.

“I've been working in waste for a decade, so now I want to shift to the front of the cycle, focusing on sustainable energy where I can have the most effect,” he said.

“I have faith that with the right management, governance and guidance, and with the support of the member councils, the forum will continue to act as a focal point around which, and from which, many bright initiatives will continue to arise.”



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