Local recruitment: Community Representative Member (River Improvement Trust)

Queensland Government

Queensland, Australia 🇦🇺

Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (Organisation site)
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The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water, in conjunction with a number of River Improvement Trusts throughout northern Queensland, seek applications from interested members of the community to fill a number of Community Representative Member vacancies for a term of up to four (4) years.

River Improvement Trusts (RITs) are statutory bodies responsible for the protection and improvement of watercourses and mitigation of flooding within their proclaimed area (river improvement area). RITs are established under the River Improvement Trust Act 1940 and are accountable to the Minister for Water and work closely with local government/s in their area.

Vacancies: Burdekin Shire RIT (1); Cairns RIT (1); Cassowary Coast RIT (2); Don RIT (2); and Herbert RIT (1)

Job details

Position statusFixed Term Temporary
Position typeNon Standard Hours
Occupational groupExecutive
ClassificationNot applicable
Workplace LocationCairns region,Far North Qld,Townsville region,Mackay region
Job ad referenceQLD/426984/22
Closing date30-Jun-2022
Job duration4 year term
Contact personBrett Madigan
Contact detailsMobile: 0472 808 084
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The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water in conjunction with a number of River Improvement Trusts throughout northern Queensland seek applications from interested members of the community to fill a number of Community Representative Member vacancies for a term of up to four (4) years.

River Improvement Trusts (RITs) are statutory bodies responsible for the protection and improvement of watercourses and mitigation of flooding within their proclaimed area (river improvement area). RITs are established under the River Improvement Trust Act 1940 and are accountable to the Minister for Water and work closely with the local government/s in their area, with two Councillors serving as members on each RIT.

All RITs are body corporates and are subject to laws governing corporate operations and administration. In addition to its enabling legislation, the River Improvement Trust Act 1940, as a statutory body which expends public monies, all RITs are subject to the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and other legislation as well as common law.

Each RIT consists of five members, including the Chair. RITs meet typically around five times per year. RIT members should have experience and knowledge of riverine processes, catchment management, financial arrangements, statutory requirements, strategic planning, project management, or overseeing a program of works. RITs require strong and responsible leadership to set long-term directions and to achieve short-term objectives.

Corporate governance principles require RIT members to act in the best interest of the RIT.

In undertaking the Community Representative Member role, the following capabilities are required:

• Understanding of Queensland’s water management, river improvement and planning frameworks as they relate to the roles and responsibilities of RITs.

• Awareness of catchment and disaster management principles as they relate to riverine processes and an ability to employ a proactive approach to avoiding adverse impacts in the RIT area.

• Communicate, consult and negotiate with a diverse range of stakeholders, using a high standard of written, verbal and interpersonal communication.

• Lead by example and encourage others to work with professionalism and integrity at all times.

• Make well-considered strategic decisions, taking into consideration financial and budget implications and risks.

• Achieve outcomes through the ability to plan, lead and manage strategic projects to deliver intended results within agreed time frames.

• Ability to work effectively in small teams.

Key Duties and Accountabilities

• Attend RIT meetings and field inspections as required.

• Represent the RIT within the broader community by developing and maintaining effective working relationships with all stakeholders.

• Work collaboratively with government, NRM groups, community groups and individuals.

• Ensure works carried out by the RIT are undertaken in accordance with all statutory requirements, including but not limited to the River Improvement Trust Act 1940, Vegetation Management Act 1999, Water Act 2000, Planning Act 2016. 

• Demonstrate good corporate governance

• Overseeing and reporting on the RIT’s compliance with standards, legislation, policies and procedures relevant to the RIT.

• Reviewing and approving annual reports for the Minister in compliance with the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and Statutory Bodies Financial Arrangements Act 1982.

• Contribute to the identification, development and implementation of project schedules and plans.

• Other duties as directed and required

Applications to remain current for 12 months.

Further information

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