What is National Water Week?
Each October, National Water Week makes a splash right across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water related topics and challenges.
National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our utmost to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.
Enter GAWB's Colouring In Competition
To celebrate National Water Week, GAWB is hosting a colouring in competition for children under 13 years of age. You can choose from either of the below entry forms.
Terms and conditions can be found on the entry form. All entries must be received by 4pm Friday 6 October 2017.
Water is an integral part of our lives but the scope of the urban water supply chain is not well understood. The diagram below demonstrates the typical water supply chain for the Gladstone Region.
GAWB provides bulk raw and drinking water to industrial customers, power stations and the Gladstone Regional Council. To ensure we manage the assets associated with the delivery of bulk water efficiently, the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) provides oversight of the money we can collect via prices for the use of our bulk water assets. This is to ensure we, as the sole provider of bulk water services, in the Gladstone Region, set our prices at an appropriate level.
Engaging with our stakeholders
GAWB is committed to effective stakeholder engagement and believes it is essential to building trust and delivering successful projects and initiatives that provide mutual value for GAWB, our customers and the community. To ensure this commitment is achieved in the context of our next Price Monitoring Investigation Submission (2020-2025), GAWB is seeking stakeholder input early in its planning and decision-making processes.
Through the following engagement activities, GAWB will provide information and discuss projects or initiatives which may affect stakeholders, listen to their feedback and/or design solutions together.
Community Consultative Forum
One of our engagement initiatives is the establishment of a Community Consultative Forum (CCF). The CCF will provide a medium through which we can capture views and ideas from the wider Gladstone community on ways to increase liveability in the region and opportunities to enhance public value. The CCF will comprise approximately 12 representatives from a diverse cross section of community groups and peak organisations that directly serve the Gladstone community.
Customer Representative Panel
To build on our understanding of what our direct customers want, GAWB will establish the Customer Representative Panel (CRP). The CRP will consist of representatives from a cross-section of our customer base. The CRP will assist GAWB in ensuring our investment plans for 2020-25 are aligned with the long-term interests of our customers. It will also assist GAWB in considering the views and ideas generated by the CCF. This consultative group builds on our business-as-usual engagement activities.
We are currently working with our Community Consultative Forum to consider how GAWB can contribute to the community. What we are seeking from local residents is suggestions about how GAWB could add value to the region through our existing operations, assets or expertise. Suggestions received will be reviewed and prioritised by the Community Consultative Forum.
The online submission form can be accessed here. You will be asked to describe your proposed project, how much you estimate it would cost to deliver and the benefits to the community. You can move back and forth through the survey questions until you have finalised it. You may submit as many project ideas as you like.
Surveys of Flora and Fauna
Both the lake and the entire length of the Boyne River have been extensively surveyed. Numbers of macroinvertebrates and other water dwelling creatures found in surveys are consistent with a healthy lake and downstream waterway.
Lake Awoonga is home to a thriving array of native animals of which several are of conservation significance. The lake and surrounding lands provide habitat for animals in and adjacent to the clear fresh waters created by Awoonga Dam.
More than 415 plant varieties play a vital role in the health of the Lake Awoonga region. Ranging from vine thickets and rainforests to woodlands and aquatic plants they include several plants of conservation significance.
Fishing & Boating
Enthusiastic anglers come to Lake Awoonga to catch the famed barramundi of which over two million have been released into the lake. The largest caught weighing in at a hefty 33.3 kgs. In addition, Lake Awoonga is one of the few dams in Queensland to have been stocked with mangrove jack.
There is no closed season for barramundi at Lake Awoonga however seasonal size and possession limits apply. DAFF fishing regulations govern capture of all other species. A permit is not required to fish at Lake Awoonga.
A public boat ramp is located at the Lake Awoonga recreation area. Boat users of the lake should be aware that submerged hazards exist because of fluctuating water levels. The waters of Lake Awoonga are controlled by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Queensland Water Police under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 enforced to prevent potentially dangerous activities. The onus for safety is on the owner and master of the vessel.
Camping at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area
At Lake Awoonga camping is permitted only at the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park or on the other side of the lake at the Boynedale Bush Camp.
Barbecues and Campfires at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area
Sheltered picnic and BBQ areas are located throughout the Lake Awoonga Recreation Area. No fires are to be lit outside of designated fireplaces
Disabled Access at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area
Lake Awoonga has specially designated parking bays, and selected picnic areas that are accessible to the disabled. Visitors with special needs are advised to contact the Rangers on 0419 661 482 prior to arrival so that they can reserve appropriate facilities. Disabled toilet access is available at Ironbark Gully and Riverstone Bay.