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Regional Innovation for a Circular Economy (RICE) is catalysing the circular economy in the Barwon South West

A thriving circular economy in the Barwon South West

Our vision is to lead the growth of a thriving circular economy in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, which will reduce pressure on the environment, boost economic growth and create jobs.

Regional Innovation for a Circular Economy (RICE) was established in 2019 through the interest of several key partners including BSWWRRG, Regional Development Victoria, City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Manufacturing Council, AusIndustry, CSIRO and Deakin University’s Institute of Frontier Materials and in 2021 formed into a Incorporated Association.

Speakers at the first RICE conference 2020

A catalyst for innovation, connections and support.

Our mission is to lead the transition to a thriving regional circular economy, by being a catalyst for innovation and a concierge to connect and coordinate support from and for relevant organizations.

Our roadmap for future direction

Content

Signposting existing educational resources and support (online) and developing regional-specific content and cases studies; running events.

Engagement

Identifying key stakeholders in supporting the growth of a circular economy in the region and inviting them to join the RICE network; connecting with other regional groups e.g. Hunter Circular, and identifying synergies and opportunities for collaboration.

Innovation

Identifying circular opportunities, connecting collaborators and undertaking pilot projects.

Policy

Ensuring that RICE aligns with key state and federal policies; advocating for circular economy to be considered in policy and planning.

Explore our current initiatives

RICE is actively bringing people together to change thinking and catalyse action – making things happen in our drive to a circular economy.

Our members

RICE was established as a separate incorporated entity in March 2021, with a committee to manage its establishment and activities.

Represented by: Terry Hickey

Represented by: Terry Hickey

Regional Manager - Western Victoria at AusIndustry

Represented by: Vacant

Represented by: Vacant

Chief Executive Officer at Circular Economy Victoria

Represented by: Ashley Pittard

Represented by: Ashley Pittard

Executive Officer at Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Centre

Represented by: Jennifer Cromarty

Represented by: Jennifer Cromarty

Chief Executive Officer at Committee for Geelong

Represented by: Vicki Perrett

Represented by: Vicki Perrett

President at Geelong Sustainability

Represented by: Vacant

Represented by: Vacant

Business Awards Manager at Geelong Chamber of Commerce

Represented by: Philippa Bakes

Represented by: Philippa Bakes

Owner at Philippa Bakes Business Advisory

Our partners

Join us in redefining the take-make-waste model.
Let’s get together to create positive impacts for our region.

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