QWRCIP and QWRAP Scholarships
In 2017, an opportunity arose to establish a charitable venture aimed at helping address urban water and sewerage challenges facing small and remote communities. The Queensland Water Regional Communities Innovations Program (QWRCIP) is administered under the auspices of qldwater with a steering committee comprising members of its Technical Reference Group.
In 2019, up to four QWRCIP scholarships will be available to attend activities around qldwater’s Annual Forum (September) at Logan City. The week-long program will include:
- One to two days with an SEQ utility, spending time with a technical specialist, learning about specific equipment or implementation of programs of interest.
- Two days at the qldwater Annual Forum comprising tours, presentations and networking.
- Participation in the qldwater Technical Reference Group meeting.
From 2019, The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has agreed to provide support for an additional two scholarships, funded through QWRAP. These scholarships will be managed by the Partner Steering Committee, comprising representatives from DNRME, LGAQ and qldwater. The program include time with technical experts at a regional council, currently Cairns, Mackay, Whitsunday, Townsville and Fraser Coast Regional councils have offered places. The remainder of the week will be negotiated but could include participation at a qldwater regional event, QWRAP meeting or a range of training activities. Hosts may have specific safety induction requirements or other visitation agreements to be completed prior to arriving on site.
Out of pocket costs (travel, meals, accommodation, event registrations) will be included. Salary recovery, and any necessary insurances are not.
Reimbursement of approved costs will be organised on a case by case basis.
Who is eligible
Employees of qldwater full member organisations with 10,000 or fewer connections.
For QWRAP scholarships, preference will be given to applicants from councils which are not currently part of a QWRAP region, however organisations with fewer than 10,000 connections which are part of a QWRAP region will still be considered.
How to apply
Email [email protected] by 31 May 2019 (sooner the better) with the following details completed:
Address (work) and other contact details
Name and contact details of approving authority at employer (the person who can release you for the scholarship)
A statement of no more than 100 words explaining what you hope to get out of the week
Any specific areas of interest to help guide organisation of placement; e.g. a type of treatment technology, implementation of a particular demand management solution, general treatment or networks expertise, or “just seeing general interesting stuff” around a particular topic.
qldwater will contact applicants who meet the criteria and gather further information to present to the Technical Reference Group or Partner Steering Committee for consideration. This must include:
Proposed learning objectives;
Details of how the knowledge/ networks established during the placement will be transferred to the recipient’s employing organisation;
A process for evaluating/ reporting on the placement to support continuous improvement of the program, for participants, hosts, and QWRAP more broadly.
The successful applicants will be made an offer of a scholarship, with a letter outlining agreed terms.
Once accepted, qldwater will make further contact to develop an itinerary.
Contact Carlie Sargent on 07 3632 6853 if you have any queries about applying.