The Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) was established in 1973 as a Project Board under State and Regional Planning and Development, Public Works Organisation and Environmental Control Act 1971-73. It was specifically formed to assist the two local Authorities at the time, Gladstone Town Council and the Calliope Shire Council in coping with the heavy financial demands being imposed on them in the early 1970's because of the continued need to upgrade the water supply system serving the area as a result of continued industrial growth.
On 1 October 2000 GAWB commenced operations as a Category 1 commercialised Water Authority under the Water Act 2000. As from the 1st July 2008, GAWB became a registered service provider under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.
GAWB's purpose is to ensure the long and short term water needs of current and future customers are met in ways that are environmentally, socially and commercially sustainable.
This is achieved by continuously planning for these needs and developing, operating and maintaining the infrastructure required in a sustainable manner, while minimising the impact its operations have on the environment.
GAWB owns and operates Awoonga Dam on the Boyne River along with a network of delivery pipelines, water treatment plants and other bulk water distribution infrastructure in the Gladstone region in Central Queensland. GAWB holds an allocation of 78,000ML per annum from Awoonga Dam on the Boyne River by virtue of a Resource Operations Licence issued pursuant to the Water Resource (Boyne River) Plan 2000.
GAWB endeavours to keep the community informed of its activities and plans through public consultation and seeks to contribute to the community by providing exceptional recreational facilities at Awoonga Dam and a recreational fishery.