The Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQRoC) is a well established representative organisation for the region. The ROC has been involved in QWRAP since 2012 with participation from Cassowary Coast, Cairns, Etheridge, Croydon, Cook, Douglas, Mareeba and Tablelands Councils. A key challenge is the number of councils involved in designing collaborative activities. The region has a very large area with most of the 50 serviced communities clustered near the coast. A part time QWRAP coordinator has been driving collaboration on water and sewerage issues in the region since 2014 and the ROC had established joint processes for water-related procurement prior to that date.
The group completed a detailed study of the potential for alternative institutional arrangements across the region in 2013. The report concluded that benefits for several of the councils and their communities would be possible through development of joint services and recommended further investigation to quantify the benefits. The group has been working on several collaborative programs particularly focussing on joint procurement and alignment of regulatory requirements but has also been seeking funding avenues to progress their investigation of alternative regional arrangements.
Participating members may access the restricted QWRAP page here.