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 has been split into three engagement phases. Phase 1included the development of a position paper, Phase 2 is the engagement with stakeholders (currently being implemented) 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 developed a position paper to inform the development of the Fraser Coast Recycled Water Strategy. Council asked the community what is important regarding recycled water, and 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.

Phase 2 - Stakeholder Enagagement (March-April 2022)

Council is seeking confirmation from stakeholders of expected recycled water demand profiles, and define parameters such as level of quality required, centralised storage, affordability and allocation methodology, as well as future directions for key industries using recycled water.

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

A series of one-on-one meetings with key and prospective stakeholders will be held during March and April 2022. If you are a new, large-usage or potentially large-usage industry representative which has not yet been contacted by Council, please get in contact with us at and entitle the email "Recycled Water Strategy" by 15 April 2022.

Phase 3 - Draft Strategy - September 2022

The draft strategy is expected to be presented for Council consideration in September 2022.

No Record Found.

Phase 2 of the Community Engagement Plan has commenced

Consultations with existing and large-usage stakeholders have commenced.

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.

  • Final Strategy prepared and Council adoption

    July 2022

  • Strategy Community Engagment

    June 2022

  • Draft Strategy Development (incl. engagement evaluation)

    March - May 2022

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

    December 2021- January 2022

  • Position Paper

    December 2020

  • Initial Engagement Evaluation and Analysis

    October - November 2020

  • Values Engagement (for position paper)

    September - October 2020

  • Project and Engagement Planning

    August - September 2020

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.