L to R: Guy Reynolds, senior sngineer, BluGlass; Fernando Ortega, manager business customer, products and performance, Sydney Water, David Trewin, senior manager sustainable business, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and Ian Kiernan, chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia at the launch of Streamline at Rosehill Gardens.

BRIEF: 1 December 2009 – Clean Up Australia Chairman and Founder Ian Kiernan yesterday (10 December 2009) joined Auburn and Parramatta City Councils on Sydney’s west for the launch of Streamline, a new sustainability initiative targeting the business community.

The collaboration between the two councils has already engaged 45 business that have signed up to reduce water and energy use and minimise waste production in one of Sydney’s biggest industrial hubs.

The program, assisted with funding from the NSW Environment Trust, will help businesses in the Camellia and Silverwater areas of the Duck River Catchment achieve financial, social and environmental sustainability.

As part of the program the Institute for Sustainable Futures has been commissioned to develop a waste exchange program, so that networks can be set up to recycle waste between businesses.

Other activities will include a business mentoring program, a sustainable transport program supported by Bicycle NSW, and capital works improvements within the Duck River Catchment.

Parramatta City Council Lord Mayor Cr Paul Garrard said: “The Streamline program empowers local businesses to create positive networks for learning around sustainability including financial savings and environmental responsibility.”

Auburn Council Mayor Hicham Zraika said: “We are really pleased to welcome 27 businesses from the Silverwater region. The program provides the businesses with a great networking opportunity helping them to find out what resources they can share and how they can work together to make significant changes in their energy use and resource recovery.”

For more information see www.streamline.org.au