The requirement to have a Water Netserv Plan and all associated requirements of the document content appears in the South East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009. This act is more commonly referred to as the SEQ Water Act.
As part of our requirements Urban Utilities worked with each of our five shareholder Councils to review and update the planning assumptions for each council for inclusion in the new plan. Following this the draft plan was provided to each council for review before securing formal endorsement from each council.
Urban Utilities also submitted the new plan to the office of the Minister for Planning, which is required to review the plan also. Following review, the Ministers Office endorsed the new plan as being consistent with council planning assumptions and the SEQ Regional Plan 2017.
Following formal endorsement from Councils and the Ministers Office, Urban Utilities made the new plan available to our biggest stakeholder – our customers. Public consultation was open for 20 business days from November to December 2019.
A total of 23 external submissions were received and reviewed. The draft plan was reviewed and updated following the feedback received through the public consultation process, prior to being submitted to the Urban Utilities Board for consideration.
The new Water Netserv Plan was adopted by the Board on March 16, 2020. The new Water Netserv Plan will be implemented from July 1, 2020.