Since 2004, qldwater has hosted a four-five day intensive tour visiting remote and regional councils. The event’s primary focus is on touring water, sewerage and treatment plant infrastructure and helping to plan future water infrastructure and management needs within each council region. Over the past ten years, qldwater has conducted almost 100 visits to member councils throughout the program.
The aim of the tour is to provide valuable face-to-face opportunities for remote and regional Service Providers to gain access to up-to-date technical and policy information from water specialists and government representatives. Seeking opportunities for regional collaboration amongst service providers is another desired outcome.
The tour also provides first-hand opportunities for tour participants to explore and understand issues facing remote and regional communities. Past participants have used the opportunity to discuss current issues and ongoing directions for the industry. The tour delegation in 2016 included representatives from the Departments of Energy and Water Supply, Environment and Heritage Protection, Health, Local Government Association of Queensland and Queensland Water Directorate.
The 2017 Water Connections Tour ran for five days from Monday 8 May until Friday 12 May, visiting Bundaberg Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Banana Shire Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council and Gladstone Regional Council.
We would like to thank our 2017 Water Connections Tour Sponsor, Dial Before You Dig, who have made the tour possible each year since 2011.