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Recycled Water Strategy

Project Overview

Council is inviting the community to have their say on the development of the Fraser Coast Recycled Water Strategy.

The project will be split into three engagement phases over the next several months. Phase 1 will include the development of a position paper, Phase 2 will be the strategy development and Phase 3 will be the review of the draft strategy.

The Challenge

The Fraser Coast, is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, with significant future population and tourism growth expected over the next 25 years.

Volumes of effluent will continue to increase with growth (at all locations) which can be recycled and managed in many ways but each way has different opportunities and cost outcomes for the community.

Phase 1 - Position Paper (September - December 2020)

Council is developing a position paper to inform the development of the Fraser Coast Recycled Water Strategy. Council wants to know what is important to the community on this issue, most importantly the community’s values in relation to recycled water for the future of the region. Furthermore, how the community would like to see the water used and identify where the demand is.

How can I be involved?

~ What is important to the future use and management of recycled water on the Fraser coast? ~

To facilitate the values engagement for the development of the position paper in Phase 1, Council will be conducting a variety of activities, inlcuding a survey, submissions and targeted stakeholder sessions. The survey and submissionswill run from Monday 14 September - *extended to 11:55pm Sunday 18 October. To complete the survey or submit a submission form - please see the Have Your Say section below.

The stakeholder session times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 20/10/20 – 5:15pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday 21/10/20 - 5:15pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday 22/10/20 – 5:15pm-7:30pm


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Community engagement for Phase 1 has now concluded. 

Community engagement for Phase 1 has now concluded. We are now evaluating the feedback to be included in the position paper. We will have more information available on Phase 2 (Development of the Strategy - including further community engagement) in early 2021.

Survey and Submissions Open Now!

Have your say on recycled water use on the Fraser Coast.

  • Project and Engagement Planning

    August - September 2020

  • Values Engagement (for position paper)

    September - October 2020

  • Initial Engagement Evaluation and Analysis

    October - November 2020

  • Position Paper

    December 2020

  • Pre-Engagement Planning (for development of Draft Strategy)

    December 2020- January 2021

  • Strategy Community Engagment

    February - March 2021 (TBC*)

  • Draft Strategy Development (incl. engagement evaluation)

    March - April 2021 (TBC*)

  • Draft Strategy Final Engagement and Community Review

    April - May 2021 (TBC*)

  • Final Strategy prepared and Council adoption

    May-June 2021 (TBC*)

Recycled Water on the Fraser Coast

Fraser Coast Regional Council is one of Australia’s leading Water Service Providers in maximising their recycled water use and as a result, minimising the outflow of nutrients into the Great Sandy Straits. The scheme routinely reuses 90-100% of the Fraser Coast’s treated wastewater.

Currently there are a number of recycled water management components located across the Fraser Coast:

    > several recycled water storage dams;

    > recycled water distribution pipe network and pump stations; and

    > six hardwood tree plantations(and pasture) managed by WBW.

    > reuse by private entities includes irrigation for agricultural and other uses:

  • Sugar cane;
  • Crops;
  • Golf courses;
  • Turf farms;
  • Sports fields;
  • Open space irrigation; and
  • Supply fill points for dust suppression.

The scheme is the largest local government owned plantation scheme for recycled water reuse in Australia with approximately 526 hectares under drip irrigation.

Wide Bay Water also works with councils and water authorities across Australia delivering expertise in all areas of water management.