Terms of Reference

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1. Purpose

1.1 Townsville water security, supply and use strategy

1.1.1 In December 2016, the Commonwealth, the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council agreed to the following commitment under the Townsville City Deal:

“Appoint an intergovernmental taskforce to investigate short, medium and long term solutions to water security for Townsville, considering investment in water supply infrastructure and management of demand. The Taskforce will identify a series of preferred options to improve Townsville’s water security and provide an interim report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland by 30 June 2017, with a final report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland by 30 September 2018.”

1.2 Taskforce Objective

1.2.1 The Townsville Water Security Taskforce (TWST) will report on options to improve Townsville’s water security as agreed under the Townsville City Deal and will consider the principles of the National Water initiative (NWI).

1.3 Taskforce Deliverables

1.3.1 The Independent Chairperson of the TWST is responsible for producing interim and final reports that provide independent advice to the Parties on:

a) A sustainable level of service for water supply for Townsville and its supply, demand and cost implications;

b) Identification of infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions to ensure a sustainable, secure short, medium and long–term water supply to enable the city’s capacity to support population and industry growth; and

c) A range of efficient and affordable demand management strategies that can be implemented in the short to medium term.

1.3.2 To guide the TWST’s work and the scope of the reports, the TWST will define ‘sustainable’ and ‘affordable demand’.

1.3.3 The Independent Chairperson of the TWST will provide an interim report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland by 30 June 2017. The interim report will include:

a) An assessment of the current state of water security in Townsville – including all available supplies, and utility of current water management planning, demand management strategies and pricing mechanisms;

b) An assessment of the options available to improve water security across supply, demand and price levers;

c) Potential initiatives which would contribute to improved short and medium term water security;

d) Level of service recommendations for water supply to Townsville’s consumers; and

e) Recommendations for detailed analysis to inform the final report, including cost-benefit analysis, risks and staging of options.

1.3.4 Following consideration of the interim report, the TWST will scope works for a final report, to be delivered from the Independent Chairperson to the Premier and Prime Minister by 30 September 2018. The final report is to be a holistic plan for the short, medium and long term water security of Townsville and is to include recommendations for consideration.

1.3.5 The TWST is not a decision making body and does not represent the Parties.

2. Membership

2.1 The TWST will comprise:

a) Mr Brad Webb, as the independent Chairperson. The Independent Chairperson of the TWST will provide impartial and independent advice to the Townsville City Council (TCC), the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth Government (the ‘Parties’) on matters relating to the urban water security of Townsville, as set out in the Townsville City Deal and in these Terms of Reference.

b) Representatives from each of the Parties

2.2 The TWST will be supported by an expert advisory panel consisting of:

a) Mr Tom Vanderbyl – water expert

b) Mr Lewis Ramsay – community engagement expert

2.3 The TWST will also be supported by a Technical Reference Group (TRG) which will provide technical information and advice to the TWST. The TRG will comprise representatives of the Parties.

3. Secretariat

3.1 TWST is supported by a secretariat to be provided by TCC.

3.2 The secretariat is responsible for—

a) preparing, maintaining and distributing all documentation presented and recorded at each meeting; and

b) coordinating bookings and invitations for all meetings at the request of the chairperson or Parties.

4. Public engagement

4.1 The members of the TWST will consider appropriate engagement with the community and stakeholders during the preparation of the interim and final reports.

1. Purpose

1.1 Townsville water security, supply and use strategy

1.1.1 In December 2016, the Commonwealth, the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council agreed to the following commitment under the Townsville City Deal:

“Appoint an intergovernmental taskforce to investigate short, medium and long term solutions to water security for Townsville, considering investment in water supply infrastructure and management of demand. The Taskforce will identify a series of preferred options to improve Townsville’s water security and provide an interim report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland by 30 June 2017, with a final report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland by 30 September 2018.”

1.2 Taskforce Objective

1.2.1 The Townsville Water Security Taskforce (TWST) will report on options to improve Townsville’s water security as agreed under the Townsville City Deal and will consider the principles of the National Water initiative (NWI).

1.3 Taskforce Deliverables

1.3.1 The Independent Chairperson of the TWST is responsible for producing interim and final reports that provide independent advice to the Parties on:

a) A sustainable level of service for water supply for Townsville and its supply, demand and cost implications;

b) Identification of infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions to ensure a sustainable, secure short, medium and long–term water supply to enable the city’s capacity to support population and industry growth; and

c) A range of efficient and affordable demand management strategies that can be implemented in the short to medium term.

1.3.2 To guide the TWST’s work and the scope of the reports, the TWST will define ‘sustainable’ and ‘affordable demand’.

1.3.3 The Independent Chairperson of the TWST will provide an interim report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland by 30 June 2017. The interim report will include:

a) An assessment of the current state of water security in Townsville – including all available supplies, and utility of current water management planning, demand management strategies and pricing mechanisms;

b) An assessment of the options available to improve water security across supply, demand and price levers;

c) Potential initiatives which would contribute to improved short and medium term water security;

d) Level of service recommendations for water supply to Townsville’s consumers; and

e) Recommendations for detailed analysis to inform the final report, including cost-benefit analysis, risks and staging of options.

1.3.4 Following consideration of the interim report, the TWST will scope works for a final report, to be delivered from the Independent Chairperson to the Premier and Prime Minister by 30 September 2018. The final report is to be a holistic plan for the short, medium and long term water security of Townsville and is to include recommendations for consideration.

1.3.5 The TWST is not a decision making body and does not represent the Parties.

2. Membership

2.1 The TWST will comprise:

a) Mr Brad Webb, as the independent Chairperson. The Independent Chairperson of the TWST will provide impartial and independent advice to the Townsville City Council (TCC), the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth Government (the ‘Parties’) on matters relating to the urban water security of Townsville, as set out in the Townsville City Deal and in these Terms of Reference.

b) Representatives from each of the Parties

2.2 The TWST will be supported by an expert advisory panel consisting of:

a) Mr Tom Vanderbyl – water expert

b) Mr Lewis Ramsay – community engagement expert

2.3 The TWST will also be supported by a Technical Reference Group (TRG) which will provide technical information and advice to the TWST. The TRG will comprise representatives of the Parties.

3. Secretariat

3.1 TWST is supported by a secretariat to be provided by TCC.

3.2 The secretariat is responsible for—

a) preparing, maintaining and distributing all documentation presented and recorded at each meeting; and

b) coordinating bookings and invitations for all meetings at the request of the chairperson or Parties.

4. Public engagement

4.1 The members of the TWST will consider appropriate engagement with the community and stakeholders during the preparation of the interim and final reports.