First tenders for $10 million Water Smart Package open now

Date published: 26 October 2018

The first tenders for Townsville City Council’s $10 million Water Smart Package have opened.

Council has released two tenders, one looking for suppliers of products and services that will make up the key components of the package and the second to develop a web portal that will allow residents to register for access to the program.

The Water Smart Package will start in the first quarter of next year and provide vouchers or rebates for water-efficient irrigation systems, low-flow shower heads, drought-resistant turf and compost bins, water tanks and a range of other water-efficient products and services.

The Water Smart Package is funded by the Queensland Government as part of its $225 million investment to improve water security for Townsville.

The Water Smart Package is open to all homeowners, renters and body corporates – with pensioners and low income families to receive up to $500 in vouchers, remaining households up to $300 and body corporates can access up to $1000 in rebates.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said these tenders play a crucial part in rolling out the Package.

“This Water Smart Package is structured so all residents will be able to become more water wise,” Cr Hill said.

“These tenders are an important first step in getting this Package off the ground and we want to encourage as many local businesses to apply as possible.

“Ensuring we have the best products and services ready to go will mean that this rebate gets to as many people as possible.”

Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Russ Cook said the Water Smart Package is an important part of Council’s 3-point water security solution.

“Townsville residents use up to 80% of their water outdoors – Council wants to support residents to move to more efficient water use practices,” Cr Cook said.

“These packages have been tailored to suit everyone with both homeowners and renters – if they can provide proof of permission from their landlord – eligible for a rebate.

“There really is something for everyone, and it will encourage all Townsville residents to become more water efficient.”

Council’s 3-point water security solution includes:

  1. The new 1.8-metre diameter pipeline
  2. A recycled water re-use system for public greenspaces and industrial use
  3. The Water Smart Package

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart reinforced the need for ongoing water security in the region and said it was important that the package – part of the $225 million investment by the Palaszczuk Government - was used for education and creating new employment opportunities.

“The Palaszczuk Government has listened to and invested in the futures of the people of North Queensland and we look forward to the implementation and success of the Water Smart Package,” Mr Stewart said.

A compulsory tender briefing session for businesses interested in tendering for the Products and Services tender will be held on Thursday 15 November from 2-4pm at Reid Park. Interested tenderers must first download the documents to register, and then RSVP their attendance to

For more details about the package and to register please visit our Water Smart Package Registration of Interest form.