WALCHA councillor Maria Woods has been appointed as the new chairwoman for Northern Inland Regional Waste (NIRW).
She was elected to the role at the group’s annual general meeting, held at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara at the end of last month.
NIRW is a local government networking group formed to specifically address waste-management issues on a regional level.
The group’s membership consists of 13 local governments in the New England North West.
Since the group’s inception in 1998, NIRW has worked alongside the northern inland councils to provide guidance and assistance in resource recovery and waste management.
This collaborative approach has allowed councils to use joint resources and initiatives to improve services to their communities.
“Effective waste management is a key component in ensuring a sustainable future for our region,” Cr Woods said.
“I look forward to working closely with the regional councils to develop resource recovery and waste initiatives and solutions in our communities.”
Cr Woods joins the group with a vast background of environmental management experience within local government. She was first elected to Walcha Shire Council in 2000 and is the vice-president of the NSW Shires Association, and the chairwoman of the New England Weeds Authority and Northern Inland Weeds Advisory Committee.