QWRAP is an industry-led initiative to investigate regional collaboration on water and sewerage services in regional Queensland. The program itself is a collaborative effort among the LGAQ, qldwaterthe Queensland Government (through the Department of Energy and Water Supply) and over 25 participating councils. It provides a formal opportunity for councils to consider collaboration and alternative regional approaches for managing services. QWRAP has resulted in the formation of five regional Water Alliances as well as completion of numerous successful regional initiatives as well as a range of statewide activities and research projects.
Development of QWRAP
LGAQ and qldwater have been working jointly on regional collaboration initiatives for the urban water industry since 2006 and this activity was brought into strong focus by council amalgamations in 2008, SEQ water reform in 2007-2013 and in 2011 with the release of three national reviews of the urban water industry that were critical of Queensland and NSW water sectors.
LGAQ and qldwater responded by developing the QWRAP and partnering with the Queensland Government which provided funding support averaging $250,000 per year between 2011 and 2015. As well as supporting the program, state funding provided a 'bid-pool' which could be accessed by participating councils to initiate high priority projects identified through their QWRAP collaborations. Access to the bid pool requires matching funding from participating councils but to date, council contributions have far exceeded bid-pool contributions in recognition of the broad savings and community benefits provided by collaborative projects. In July 2015, the Queensland Government further funded QWRAP until June 2018 and expanded the bid pool to support five regions.
Three pilot regions self-selected to initially take part in QWRAP and were joined by a fourth group (based on the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils) as part of the extension of the project in October 2013. Three of these groups have formalised Regional Water Alliances. A fifth group based around the Downs and Surat Basin area commenced QWRAP discussions in 2015.
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Statewide QWRAP Activities and Research
As well as a range of communication activities, QWRAP has undertaken research into a series of issues to inform council deliberation about regional approaches and the importance of reform of the urban water industry. An important question raised by many local governments is "why is reform recommended and is it really necessary?". These questions have been addressed in a series of research papers (see below) and summarised here. A list of publications from QWRAP is provided below along with the summary of the key research outputs.
2018 – Infrastructure Cliff? Queensland’s ageing Water and Sewerage Assets.- Research Report 5.1: In-ground asset age analysis.
2017 - Demand Management Case Studies - This report showcases demand management programs from regional Queensland.
2017 - Council Owned Water Services - Results from workshop on governance options for council controlled water services.
2016 - Modelling Water Demand.- Research Report 4: Modelling Water Use in Regional Queensland.
2015 - Cost Drivers and KPIs. Research Report 3: Review of financial indicators and cost drivers for the Queensland urban water industry.
2015 - Review of Sustainable Models. Research Report 2: Review of urban water reform in Australia and overseas.
2011 - QWRAP Scoping Paper. Research Report 1: Review of drivers of urban water reform and alternative institutional models.
QWRAP Infrastructure Cliff Research Report 1 - Release Date 23-Apr-2018: - 2018 – Infrastructure Cliff? Queensland’s ageing Water and Sewerage Assets.- Research Report 5.1: In-ground asset age analysis (1021KB)
QWRAP Progress Update October 2017 - Release Date 07-Dec-2017: - QWRAP Update: Year 2. 2016-2017 Funding (5657KB)
CCE Workshop Report Final - Release Date 21-Nov-2017: - Final report on the Council Owned Water Services - Keeping Community Control workshop held in August 2017. The workshop considered current and alternative models for urban water and sewerage services (WSS) in Queensland in light of recommendations in various national reviews for reform of the local government water sector. (612KB)
QWRAP Report Final - Release Date 28-Aug-2017: - The QWRAP Final Report at the end of the 2016/17 funding period outlines the extent, effectiveness and benefits of the program. (265KB)
QWRAP Bid Pool Arrangements 2017 - Release Date 21-Apr-2017: - The Bid Pool is an amount of State funding that has been allocated to assist councils in investigating or transitioning to regional arrangements through QWRAP. (290KB)
QWRAP Demand Management Case Studies - Release Date 24-Jan-2017: - For Queensland Water Service Providers the provision of safe, secure and sustainable urban water supply is a key challenge. This report showcases programs from regional Queensland that minimise the risks of demand management programs while managing demand for clearly defined council and community benefit. (1879KB)
QWRAP Progress Update September 2016 - Release Date 07-Sep-2016: - Queensland Water Regional Alliances Program - Progress Update September 2016 (892KB)
ORWA Showcase Barcaldine - Release Date 23-Jun-2015: - One of a range of QWRAP Fact Sheets about the Outback Regional Water Alliance. (3216KB)
ORWA Showcase Barcoo - Release Date 23-Jun-2015: - One of a range of QWRAP Fact Sheets about the Outback Regional Water Alliance. (2854KB)
ORWA Showcase Boulia - Release Date 23-Jun-2015: - One of a range of QWRAP Fact Sheets about the Outback Regional Water Alliance. (1221KB)
ORWA Showcase Diamantina - Release Date 23-Jun-2015: - One of a range of QWRAP Fact Sheets about the Outback Regional Water Alliance. (1019KB)
ORWA Showcase Longreach - Release Date 23-Jun-2015: - One of a range of QWRAP Fact Sheets about the Outback Regional Water Alliance. (821KB)
QWRAP Research Report 2 - Review of sustainable models - Release Date 15-Apr-2015: - (1351KB)
QWRAP Scoping Paper - Final Draft - Release Date 28-Jun-2012: - Final Draft of QWRAP Scoping Paper provided to DERM for comment 28/6/2012. (3904KB)
Q-WRAP Factsheet #1 - Release Date 28-Sep-2011: - (217KB)
QWRAP Costs and Drivers - Release Date 08-Sep-2016: - (1607KB)