The Water and Waste Committee is responsible for matters relating to water operations, water infrastructure asset management, water strategy and co-ordination, water project services and waste management.
The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month immediately following the Planning and Development Committee meeting, in the Council Chambers, First Floor, City Hall, 541 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.
All Councillors are members of the Committee.
Committee meetings are open to the public.
To access Committee Meeting Reports past the year supplied below, please contact us.
The meeting schedule can be found in our 'Council meeting structure & meeting schedule' article.
Water and waste committee documents
Councillor N.M. Sommerfield (Chair)
Councillor W.W. Cahill (Portfolio Leader)
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor R.P. Antonio
Councillor A.C. Glasheen
Councillor G.C. McDonald
Councillor M. O'Hara Sullivan
Councillor J.J. O'Shea
Councillor J. Ramia
Councillor C.R. Tait
Councillor C.E. Taylor
Councillor M.A. Williams
Terms of reference
The Water and Waste Committee will be a standing committee of Council and these terms of reference will provide guidance for the matters that are to be referred to and considered by the Committee.
To consider matters relating to the water and waste operations of Council and make recommendations to Council on an ongoing basis.
The Committee's role is to provide ongoing leadership and deal with particular aspects of the Council's water and waste business, giving detailed deliberation to these matters, before making recommendations to Council.
The Committee's responsibilities include:
Water Operations, including:
- Laboratory management
- Liquid trade waste
- Scientific support services
- Water operations
Water Infrastructure Asset Management, including:
- Dam safety
- Water asset management (active and passive infrastructure)
- Water GIS
Water Strategy and Co-ordination, including:
- Carbon management
- Environmental System Management
- HACCP/Food safety systems management
- Sustainability awareness
- Water quality and environmental management systems
- Water network planning
- Water quality systems management
- Water support services
- Water demand management
Waste Management, including:
- Green waste operations
- Refuse and recycling collections
- Waste education
- Waste facility management and planning
Water Project Services, including:
- Water infrastructure (capital)
- Wastewater (capital)
- Water (capital)
- Water (operating)
Notwithstanding the Committee responsibility for the above matters, issues related to these responsibilities may be reported directly to the Ordinary Meeting of Council where it is prudent to do so.
Membership of the Committee is to include all Councillors.
A quorum of the Committee is a majority of its members (i.e. 6).
Unless otherwise determined, the Committee will meet on the second Tuesday of each month immediately following the Planning and Development Committee meeting, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 541 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.
The Committee is exempt from keeping minutes of its meetings, pursuant to section 272(6) of Local Government Regulation 2012. Rather, a report including recommendations from the Committee will be presented to the next ordinary meeting of Council for consideration and deliberation.
Review of terms of reference
These terms of reference are to be reviewed from time to time, as necessary.