THIRTY years after it was formed in Cooktown, the Local Authority Waste Management Action Committee brought more than 80 delegates back to town to celebrate the group’s anniversary.
The non-profit group comprises members from 29 local governments across regional Queensland and 48 waste industry corporate members.
President Neil Fischer said Cook Shire Council had really thrown out the welcome mat for the attendees.
“They have really raised the bar for this event,” Mr Fischer said.
“We have had a tremendous time here, my wife has absolutely loved it.”
A council spokesperson said many of the delegates had brought family members and spent most of the week seeing the sights of Cooktown outside the two-day LAWMAC conference.
“It has been great for the town’s economy, with more than 80 visitors here filling restaurants and accommodation houses, going on tours and shopping in town,” she said.
While in town Mr Fischer, who is also deputy mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council and a keen botanist, presented two rare plants to the Cooktown Botanic Gardens ahead of the Botanic Garden Open Day this Saturday (see page 14).
Mr Fischer said botanic gardens were dedicated to preserving plants for future generations, and the Thozet’s Holly and Mount Wheeler Bottlebrush shrubs would be valuable additions to the gardens.