About the Taskforce

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On 10 March 2017, the Australian and Queensland Governments, along with the Townsville City Council, appointed an intergovernmental Taskforce to investigate short, medium and long-term solutions to water security for Townsville.

Respected Townsville businessman, Mr Brad Webb, has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Townsville Water Security Taskforce (the Taskforce).

The Townsville Water Security Taskforce will investigate short, medium and long-term solutions to water security for Townsville taking into account the investment in water supply infrastructure and management of demand.

The Taskforce will build on existing studies and research to identify a series of preferred options to improve Townsville’s water security. These will include options to improve the security of water supply and amend water service standards and pricing. This will be complemented by local water efficiency programs and new technologies that will support Townsville residents and businesses to save water.

The approach will ensure a sustainable, secure long-term water supply for Townsville and increase the region’s capacity to support future population and industry growth.

The Taskforce members are:

  • Independent Chair - Brad Webb, a local highly respected and successful businessman in the Townsville community;
  • Ms Adele Young, CEO, Townsville City Council
  • Mr Paul Simhauser, Director General, Department of Energy and Water Supply
  • Mr Adam Sincock, Director, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Taskforce will be supported by an Expert Advisory Panel including water expert Tom Vanderbyl and community engagement specialist Lewis Ramsay.

The Taskforce will provide an interim report to the Prime Minister and the Premier of Queensland by 30 June 2017, with a final report to the Prime Minister and the Premier of Queensland by 30 September 2018.

The full media release can be viewed here https://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/taylor/2017/new-water-taskforce-deliver-townsvilles-water-security

The Water Security Taskforce is a vital element of the larger Townsville City Deal. The City Deal is an important 15 year commitment between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and the Townsville City Council. It is the key mechanism for developing collective plans for economic growth and committing to the actions, investment, reforms and governance needed to implement them.

For more information on the Townsville City Deal or the Townsville Water Taskforce visit https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/townsville-city-deal

On 10 March 2017, the Australian and Queensland Governments, along with the Townsville City Council, appointed an intergovernmental Taskforce to investigate short, medium and long-term solutions to water security for Townsville.

Respected Townsville businessman, Mr Brad Webb, has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Townsville Water Security Taskforce (the Taskforce).

The Townsville Water Security Taskforce will investigate short, medium and long-term solutions to water security for Townsville taking into account the investment in water supply infrastructure and management of demand.

The Taskforce will build on existing studies and research to identify a series of preferred options to improve Townsville’s water security. These will include options to improve the security of water supply and amend water service standards and pricing. This will be complemented by local water efficiency programs and new technologies that will support Townsville residents and businesses to save water.

The approach will ensure a sustainable, secure long-term water supply for Townsville and increase the region’s capacity to support future population and industry growth.

The Taskforce members are:

  • Independent Chair - Brad Webb, a local highly respected and successful businessman in the Townsville community;
  • Ms Adele Young, CEO, Townsville City Council
  • Mr Paul Simhauser, Director General, Department of Energy and Water Supply
  • Mr Adam Sincock, Director, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Taskforce will be supported by an Expert Advisory Panel including water expert Tom Vanderbyl and community engagement specialist Lewis Ramsay.

The Taskforce will provide an interim report to the Prime Minister and the Premier of Queensland by 30 June 2017, with a final report to the Prime Minister and the Premier of Queensland by 30 September 2018.

The full media release can be viewed here https://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/taylor/2017/new-water-taskforce-deliver-townsvilles-water-security

The Water Security Taskforce is a vital element of the larger Townsville City Deal. The City Deal is an important 15 year commitment between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and the Townsville City Council. It is the key mechanism for developing collective plans for economic growth and committing to the actions, investment, reforms and governance needed to implement them.

For more information on the Townsville City Deal or the Townsville Water Taskforce visit https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/townsville-city-deal