In 2011 we went wild in the West, visiting Maranoa, Roma, Jundah, Bedourie, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Mornington Island, Karumba and Normanton. Each site visited saw representations by senior council staff and in most instances, mayors and or councillors. Typically this involved a meeting for an hour or so where the visitors listened to their water and sewerage issues, followed by a technical tour of treatment facilities.
The charter flight was oversubscribed with senior representatives from the National Water Commission and Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Queensland Departments of Environment and Resource Management and Health and usual technical experts to provide advice on plant operation.
The tour schedule is reproduced below.
|9 May||Mini Conference & Water Infrastructure Tour, Roma||Maranoa Regional Council|
|10 May am||Water Infrastructure Tour, Jundah||Barcoo Shire Council|
|10 May pm||Water Infrastructure Tour, Bedourie||Diamantina Shire Council|
|11 May am||Water Infrastructure Tour, Mt Isa||Mount Isa City Council|
|11 May pm||Water Infrastructure Tour, Cloncurry||Cloncurry Shire Council|
|12 May am||Water Infrastructure Tour, Mornington Island||Mornington Shire Council|
|12 May pm||IPWEAQ NQ Conference||Carpenteria Regional Council|
|12 May pm||Mini Conference & Water Infrastructure Tour||Karumba and Normanton|
qldwater’s annual Water and Sewage Treatment Plant Tour took place in May 2010, where a team of water and sewerage experts and engineers visited Charleville, Quilpie, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Aramac, Emerald and Gayndah.
The tour group included two General Managers from DERM, a DIP Fluoride Representative and provided councils with updates on a range of relevant programs. A site inspection of Water and Sewage Treatment Plants was undertaken and a confidential report issued to all councils involved.
This is the fifth year the program has been run with strong feedback from participating councils. It is also a good opportunity to allow senior officers from State Departments to see a snapshot of the systems, infrastructure and people that make up the regional water industry.