The Queensland Water Regional Alliance Program (QWRAP) covers 43 percent of the state’s area, services 46 percent of the state’s population outside of southeast Queensland and represents over $2 billion worth of water and waste water infrastructure.
A mix of large and small regional water and sewerage service providers with varying capacities participate, as well as regions with high and low population and development pressures.
Each region brings together knowledge, skills, and experience to help those managing and operating water and waste water services increase efficiency. Their activities over the past year include joint training sessions for operational staff; a review of Drinking Water Quality Management Plans and audit dates for those plans; price benchmarking studies; and joint procurement arrangements.
The Outback Water Regional Alliance became the first region to formalise an alliance in June 2014. The Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils has created the Whitsunday Isaac Mackay Water Alliance in June this year. The Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils has also agreed to formalise an alliance and is working through the final stages of the organisation and governance.
The LGAQ included continued funding of $600,000 for the next three years for QWRAP as part of its 2015 State Election Local Government 10 Point Policy Plan. The new Government delivered on this commitment in the June 2015 budget. There is potential for two additional regions to join the program. The newly formed alliances will work to develop a strategic approach to their operations, which will then guide their activities to improve efficiency and reduce costs.