Welcome to the June 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 www.wbbroc.org.au also has up-to-date information about our organisation and the various sub-committees, projects and events of WBBROC.
WBBROC elects new Executive
The recent Local Government Elections have resulted in 5 new Mayors and 5 new Deputy Mayors in the Wide Bay Burnett region. The first meeting of the new WBBROC was held on 19 May and Cr Mick Curran the Mayor of Gympie Regional Council was elected as the new WBBROC Chair.
Cr Mick Curran - Mayor of Gympie Regional Council
Cr Curran is supported by Cr Keith Campbell (South Burnett Mayor) as the Deputy Chair and Cr Chris Loft (Fraser Coast Mayor) as Treasurer.
Cr Keith Campbell - Mayor of South Burnett Regional Council
Cr Chris Loft - Mayor of Fraser Coast Regional Council
The new WBBROC members wasted no time and at their general meeting agreed to workshop the key priorities for the region so that they are all speaking with one voice when they meet with State Government Ministers in Brisbane later this year.
They also endorsed a Regional Infrastructure & Investment Strategy as a key advocacy tool for future discussions with both State and Federal Ministers.
A Regional Water Alliance
The new WBBROC members have confirmed their commitment to establish a regional Water Alliance and work together collaboratively to help each Council in the region manage water, as well as coming together when it is in their mutual interest.
WBBROC has secured over $60,000 in funding from the Queensland Water Alliance to employ a Regional Water Coordinator, bed down the regional Water Alliance, develop a regional water strategy plus funding for other water projects.
Steve Brown was successful in gaining the role and a separate article on Steve follows.
Joining the WBBROC team as the Regional Water Coordinator, Steve brings a broad diversity of experience gained across a range of industries and regions in several water related disciplines. Steve has worked throughout the Wide Bay and Maranoa regions in a variety of roles centred on the design, support and delivery of water supply projects including wastewater reuse projects for the Cooloola Shire Council (Gympie).
A major milestone in his career was the successful coordination and project management of several large beneficial water-reuse projects in the Surat basin. His most recent assignments include the project management of a major water delivery system in the Gympie area for HQPlantations, several reverse osmosis leachate treatment deployments at Transpacific and Veolia landfills, and consultancy services for a specialised Brisbane engineering consultancy, Verterra.
Steve is looking forward to meeting the people and challenges in his new role, in particular assisting in the initiation of the WBBROC Water Alliance.
Water Trails (in the) Wide Bay Burnett
Water Trails (in the) Wide Bay Burnett is the name for the 20 page DL sized booklet that will be finalised for printing and distributing within the month. Using the style and colours of the current Perfect Place website, it includes an A4 sized map and location listings from across the Wide Nay Burnett that feature fishing, swimming, boating and all water activities. The first meeting of the new WBBROC Committee approved a draft and a print run of 25,000 booklets to be distributed through Visitor Information Centres, and other outlets throughout the region and beyond.
These simple icons will provide users of the new Water Trails (in the) Wide Bay Burnett booklet information on the many locations that provide water based activities in the region.
WBBROC MEETING DATES
WBBROC will be meeting on the following dates in 2016: