Women working in South Australia’s waste management industry are urged to nominate for a new award which recognises the contribution of emerging and established women leaders making a positive contribution to the State’s waste and resource recovery industry.

Those women working in this sector contribute to the State’s position as Australia’s leading recycler.

The 2016 Office of Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award has been established in memory of Pam Keating, a noted environmentalist and waste management expert who passionately believed in the importance of reducing waste and its impact on the environment.

Pam was a member of the Board of Zero Waste SA when she tragically died in a car accident in 2009.

Background

The South Australian waste sector is a one billion dollar industry which employs around 5,000 people across the state.

The Office of Green Industries SA is establishing an honour roll of women who have made a contribution alongside those who are currently making a contribution and provides strong recognition of emerging and established leaders whose innovation in resource recovery and sustainability keep South Australia at the forefront nationally and globally of best practice recycling.

The successful applicant will receive up to $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs in addition to mentoring from a senior woman executive working in the waste and resource recovery sector.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be downloaded from www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/About-Us/women-in-waste-leadership-award

Applications close on 5 September 2016.

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter 

The award provides an opportunity for a South Australian woman to undertake a project which will create new ideas and innovation to assist South Australia to maintain its reputation as a leader in the waste sector, an industry that has a $1 billion turnover in South Australia.

The proposed project must benefit South Australia’s green economy, the waste and resource recovery industry and/or the waste management practices of a business or industry organisation in South Australia.