Water Supply Security Strategy

Project Overview

Queensland has a dynamic climate with some of the highest and lowest rainfalls in the country. Planning for a secure water supply is essential in this variable climate to support our industry, agriculture and population growth.

Fraser Coast Regional Council and Wide Bay Water are undertaking the Fraser Coast Water Supply Security Strategy recognising that water is our most valuable resource and securing adequate water supplies to meet growing demand is essential.

Our Current Water Supplies

The Fraser Coast region sources its drinking water from the two Burrum Weirs and Lenthalls Dam on the Burrum River, and Teddington Weir on Tinana Creek.

Our water supplies rely on rainfall with dams monitored daily by Council’s Wide Bay Water and managed carefully to ensure there is enough water during periods of prolonged dry weather.

To ensure the balance between having water available at all times and the cost to provide water to the community, water restrictions are a widely used method of managing the available water.

Based on current climate and population forecasts, the most recent strategies have identified that our current dams and weirs will provide safe water supply yields for Hervey Bay until at least 2046 and Maryborough until at least 2066.

The Water Supply Security Strategy project will reassess the options available for future water supplies, and when they are required.

Council will also seek to understand the value the community places on increased water security by determining the community's expectations on the frequency and duration of water restrictions while also considering the potential pricing impacts.

To read more about this project, including project and community engagement objectives - download the project fact sheet from the Document Library.

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Community engagement for Phase 1 has now concluded. 

Community Engagement for Phase 1 has now concluded. Council is currently reviewing and considering the community's feedback in preparing the options assessment.

  • Understanding our current capacity

    September - December 2020

  • Community Engagement Planning

    September - November 2020

  • Community Panel Recruitment

    December 2020 - January 2021

  • Community Panel Workshop 1

    January 2021

  • Community Survey

    March 2021

  • Community Panel Workshop 2

    July 2021

  • Options Assessed for increasing capacity

    October 2021

  • Community Panel Workshop 3

    November 2021

  • Reviewing Community Input and Draft Report

    December 2021

  • Final Report

    March 2022

Water is a precious resource. It sustains life and is vital for our environment and for food production.

Water is used in so many different ways at home, including drinking, bathing, washing clothes, flushing toilets, watering gardens and filling swimming pools. For Council, providing safe, reliable, efficient water and wastewater services to local residents and businesses is one of our core responsibilities.

Currently, water is purified at four treatment plants and wastewater is treated at eight treatment plants on the Fraser Coast.
Over the next 20 to 30 years, the population of the Fraser Coast is expected to increase significantly, which will impact on how water is provided and how it is used.

Council has a range of strategies underway or in development as part of an overarching Water Resilience Framework.
The framework spans from dams to reuse with the aim of securing our water future on the Fraser Coast.

It’s all about ensuring we have a sustainable, affordable and reliable water future for our community and our environment.

Engagement Panel Recruitment

Fraser Coast Regional Council and Wide Bay Water sought expressions of interest from the community to be part of the engagement panel for the Water Supply Security Study.

The purpose of the engagement panel is to assist Council to plan for future water security in the region. The panel has been designed to ensure broad community representation.

Expressions of interest were sought from residents, business owners and industry representatives of the Fraser Coast Region (refer to Terms of Reference for full details).

Expressions of interest to join the community panel are closed.

A community engagement panel was selected as representatives of the community at the start of the project.  The panel consists of 35 members of the community and was designed to ensure broad community representation of the Fraser Coast.

The panel has met twice during the project to date. The first workshop was held in February 2021 in person and introduced the project, its necessity and the panels views on water restrictions.

The second session was undertaken in July 2021 by Zoom online meeting and explored the different water source options for long term sustainability and short term emergency measures. The results of the community survey were also shared with the panel at that workshop.

The Community panel will meet again once the options have been modelled and the economic and environmental aspects are completed.