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Performance Results

The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority (the Authority) was established on 12 March 2019 to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement water infrastructure projects in northern Queensland and appropriately manage water infrastructure projects as directed by the Minister. From its establishment, the Authority works toward a single program outcome, as described in the Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Portfolio Budget Statement from the 2019–20 Budget:

  • Progress the development of water resource projects in North Queensland, through strategic planning and coordination of information sharing through relevant regulatory authorities and stakeholders.

Measure

For 2019–20, the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority had the following targets:

1. Appointment of up to 4 Townsville-based staff, and other regionally-based personnel as required.

Outcome – Partly Achieved.

  • From 1 February 2020, Townsville based job share arrangement with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
  • Further appointments made pending decisions of government regarding Authority responsibilities.

2. Appointment of ongoing Chief Executive Officer and Advisory Panel.

Outcome – Partly Achieved

  • Ongoing Chief Executive Officer appointed 3 June 2020
  • Advisory Panel appointments dependent on final government decision concerning National Water Grid Authority advisory body arrangements.

3. Oversighting the completion of Hughenden Irrigation Scheme analysis project, funded through the Community Development Grants Programme.

Outcome – Achieved

  • Hughenden Irrigation Scheme feasibility study completed and provided to the
    Australian Government on 3 March 2020.

4. Working closely with Townsville Enterprise Ltd and the Queensland Government for delivery of the Hells Gates Dam Business Case including authorising payments against completed milestones.

Outcome – Achieved

  • Project is close to schedule, having commenced in November 2019. During
    2019–20, milestones 1 and 2 were completed and payments made.

5. Pending the outcome of the business case development work for the Big Rocks Weir sub-project (part of the Hells Gates Dam business Case), make recommendations to the Minister on potential funding of capital works to construct the weir in line with stakeholder expectations and all relevant approvals.

Outcome – Not Achieved

  • Big Rocks Weir Business Case was delayed by three weeks, largely due to COVID-19 related issues, with the Business Case provided to Government in August 2020. The Big Rocks Weir Business Case was delivered on budget.

6. Develop and seek approval from the Minister on appropriate funding arrangements for the construction of Big Rocks Weir, including potential co-contribution arrangements from the Queensland Government.

Outcome – Not Achieved

  Big Rocks Weir milestone was delayed, with the Business Case provided to Government in August 2020.

  The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority will provide advice regarding potential funding arrangements following submission of the Big Rocks Weir Business Case.

7. Completion of other activities or projects as requested by the Minister.
Outcome – N/A