North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority

To provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to deliver water security and boost agriculture in northern Queensland.

The Organisation

The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority (NQWIA) was established on 12 March 2019 to provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.

On 5 April 2019 the scope of the NQWIA was expanded to also include other major water infrastructure in regional Queensland including the Rookwood Weir, Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme and the Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme.

NQWIA works collaboratively with stakeholders, Local Governments and the Queensland Government to progress the feasibility and planning activities, including the development of business cases, related to major water infrastructure initiatives eligible to receive Australian Government funding from the National Water Infrastructure Fund.

The NQWIA will coordinate the provision of information sharing amongst relevant regulatory authorities in order to implement the projects.

Contact

Mr Richard McLoughlin
Interim Chief Executive Officer - North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority
NQWIA@infrastructure.gov.au
111 Alinga Street
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Mail: GPO Box 594, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Designated Responsibilities

The North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority is an Executive Agency under Section 65 of the Public Service Act 1999, with the following responsibilities:

  • To provide strategic planning and coordination of Commonwealth resources to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.
  • To coordinate information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities necessary to implement the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme project and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.
  • To provide advice to the Minister on the progress of the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and the Hells Gates Dam Scheme (including Big Rocks Weir) project.
  • To undertake other relevant tasks as the Minister may require from time to time.

Projects

  • Hughenden Irrigation Scheme
  • Hells Gates Dam Scheme (inc Big Rocks Weir)
  • Rookwood Weir
  • Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme
  • Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme