The Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils, comprising Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac Regional Councils, commenced their QWRAP investigation in early in 2014. With only three councils, 22 serviced communities and supported by strong local leadership, this region has progressed fastest of all of the QWRAP regions forming the WIM Water Alliance within little over a year in 2015. The Alliance has an oversight group comprised of the region's mayors and CEOs and a Steering Group that is convened by a part-time Regional Coordinator.
The Alliance has proceeded with a number of regional projects with a common aim being sharing information and technologies across the three councils to establish common ground and informed decision-making. A good example was a review of automated metering which saw the technology that has been championed by Mackay trialled in each of the other two councils. Data is being collated centrally and made available to all councils online. A similar project saw the three councils share laboratory services and develop an existing system managed by Mackay to provide analytical results in real time through the web.
Steering group members may access internal documents here.