In this WBBROC newsletter:
  • A Regional Water Trail
  • A Regional Water Alliance
  • A Heavy Vehicle Field Day
  • Aligning our Work in the Region
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Welcome to the February 2016 issue of the WBBROC newsletter.  We hope you find it informative and interesting, and that it gives you a glimpse into the projects and developments that the organisation has been recently working on.  

Your positive feedback has been appreciated, and we are always happy to improve the way we communicate with you.  

Don't forget that the WBBROC website also has up-to-date information about our organisation and the various sub-committees, projects and events of WBBROC.
Knee-boarding at Bjeke-Petersen Dam in the South Burnett. Just one of many water based recreational activities to be promoted in the WBB Water Trail.

A Regional Water Trail

Work on a Regional Water Trail to showcase and promote the water based sport and recreation opportunities in the region has been progressed by a small working group of the Sport and Recreation Committee and the WBBROC secretariat.  WBBROC has now approved the design and printing of brochures/maps for distribution in Visitor Information Centres and other outlets throughout the region. The brochure will include a quality map of the region which is being collectively collated by the various Councils in the organisation as well as a calendar of water related events and list of facilities for water related activities.

The Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation is running a photo/film competition called "Visioning the Outdoors" which is open until 4th April 2016. QORF has kindly offered to make suitable images from the competition available for inclusion in the Water Trail. Details on how to enter and terms and condition can be found at

A Regional Water Alliance

WBBROC is taking a broader approach to water and has adopted “Water Security and Allocation” as one of its regional priorities.  Yes, Councils will still concentrate much of their time and resources on providing a water supply to towns and villages, as well as securing enough water for the community in years to come.  However, the economic development potential of water is also recognised. 

Water enables the opening up and expansion of our agricultural industry.  This in turn, helps to create more jobs.  So all aspects of water are important, and the various needs have to be balanced.

To deal with all these issues, WBBROC has agreed to start work on establishing a regional Water Alliance for the Wide Bay Burnett.  This will be need to be confirmed by the new WBBROC after the Local Government Elections, but members should then have more detailed information to help them make further decisions on this important issue.

A Heavy Vehicle Field Day

Trucks and heavy vehicles have evolved a great deal over recent years.  They have so many more safety features and are so much more manoeuvrable than they were in the past.

Together with NHVR, the heavy vehicle regulator, WBBROC is planning to hold a Field Day in the region to showcase the capabilities of heavy vehicles, so that Councillors and Council officers will be much better informed.  People from the industry, Local Members of Parliament, Ministers and TMR officials will also be invited.  In many cases, heavy vehicle businesses have to seek a permit to bring particularly heavy vehicles into or through towns, so a field day will provide an opportunity for educating all involved.  It is hoped that this will lead to easier and quicker permit approvals, as businesses and the economy of the region depend on these vehicles moving produce, products and livestock.

Aligning our Work in the Region

The Regional Roads and Transport Group (RRTG) and WBBROC have a number of members in common, but in recent years, meetings have been held a few weeks apart.  To help these two important regional organisations look at regional issues with similar eyes, it has been agreed that WBBROC and the RRTG should go back to meeting on the same day.  This will also make it easier for Mayors to attend both meetings. 

Both the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the RRTG will also have a representative attending WBBROC meetings to help keep everyone involved in the two groups fully informed of the key issues affecting the region.
Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils has a variety of publications available including the Wide Bay Burnett Economic Development Strategy 2014-2019. Please contact the Executive Officer if you would like more information or to request a copy.
WBBROC will be meeting on the following dates in 2016:
  • Thursday 19 May
  • Thursday 18 August
  • Thursday 10 November
Joe Veraa – Executive Officer
Tel:  0417 475 149
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