Wide Bay Water to Be Run Again by Council?

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Byline: TONI McRAE

A NEW board of directors will take over the reins of Wide Bay Water Corporation, Queensland's first local government-owned corporation, from January 30.

In his annual report outgoing chairman Graham Thomsen fired a parting shot at the council for "delay in adopting appropriate infrastructure charges" and "the uncertainty of the future requirements for bringing infrastructure in Maryborough to an acceptable standard".

The Chronicle understands there have been moves within the council, at least since early last year, to return the corporation to being totally run by the council.

The corporation is wholly owned by Fraser Coast Regional Council and governed by an independent board of directors who are appointed to WBWC for five years.

Bringing WBWC back under the council's total jurisdiction was one of the models investigated during the April 2009 public benefit assessment into merging the council's two water bodies.

Mr Thomsen's replacement will be Leith Boully (pictured), who has a background in the Australian water industry through her irrigation, farming, research and policy interests and she is currently an adjunct professor at the School of Integrative Systems at the University of Queensland. …