The Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) group of councils confirmed their participation in the program in 2011. The participating councils in the pilot study were Barcaldine, Longreach, Boulia, Diamantina, Barcoo and Winton. In 2013 all participants except Winton agreed to develop the Outback Regional Water Alliance – a recommendation from their QWRAP investigation.
Initiation of the Alliance was facilitated with State funding provided by the Improving Financial Management and Sustainability Scheme (IFMSS) pool from the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience in 2014.
This project with a total value of $196,000 focussed on establishment activities for the Alliance and also undertook a range of projects that demonstrated financial and other benefits for the councils working collaboratively.
Winton and Blackall-Tambo joined the Alliance in 2016.
RAPAD members may access the restricted QWRAP-RAPAD page here.
Documents relating to ORWA
The Outback Regional Water Alliance produced a suite of showcase documents to promote water and sewerage services in the participating regions:
A feature article about the Alliance also appeared in the AWA Journal, November 2014 edition.