Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters


North Queensland


The Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters is now seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the position of Independent Chair.

The Partnership is a collaboration between community, science, government and industry working together towards improving the health of Townsville’s waterways. The Partnership commenced informally in late 2017, with plans for a public launch in mid 2018

The primary output of the Partnership is the development of an annual regional waterway health report card. The report card will use the best available science and will integrate a range of monitoring programs of various scales to measure waterway health in the Townsville area.

The regional report card will initially focus on the Townsville area from Crystal Creek to Cape Cleveland including the Black and Ross Catchments, Magnetic Island and the inshore marine area. While not included as part of the report card scope, the influences of the Burdekin River on the region’s waterways will be acknowledged. 

Key responsibilities

The Chair of the Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters will:

  • Provide leadership to the Partnership committee.
  • Promote the Partnership to the general local community
  • Promote the interests of the Townsville region and the Partnership at relevant Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and Australian forums, meetings and other events, this includes reporting back to the Partnership on the discussion and outcomes of such meetings.
  • Promote the Partnership to prospective partners and sponsors to increase membership (as appropriate).
  • Review documents, marketing and web materials produced for the Partnership as required by the Partnership and/or Management Committee.
  • Maintain strong relationships with Partnership members to ensure the successful delivery of the Partnership’s annual report card for the region and continued financial and in-kind contributions from members of the Partnership.
  • Undertake media interviews on behalf of the Partnership.
  • Maintain strong ties and communication with other chairs of regional report card Partnerships.
  • Be aware of and manage any real or perceived conflicts of interest.
  • Foster a positive working relationship between the Partnership, Management Committee and the host organisation.
  • Be available for travel including overnight stays around the state and interstate to represent the Partnership when required.
  • Play an active role in assisting the Executive Officer to recruit new Partners.
  • Play an active role in providing leadership and mentoring to Partnership staff.

Desired skills and attributes of the positions

  • Be based in the region or able to promote the interests of the Partnership from outside the region.
  • Has chaired similar initiatives previously.
  • Is able to demonstrate strong conflict resolution skills/experience.
  • Has a background in and/or strong experience in providing leadership and strategic direction, and is able to provide strategic leadership of the Partnership.
  • Has proven and effective facilitation, relationship-building and communication skills.
  • Has the ability to reconcile opposing views, as well as self-awareness and self-management to be able to empathetically manage situations.
  • Has a background in and/or strong understanding of urban and industrial water management, coastal land management and river, estuarine and marine management.
  • Commitment to positive environmental outcomes in the region.

How you will be assessed

Those wishing to express an interest in the position are required to:

  1. Attach your current resume including names and contact details of at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your work
  2. Provide a response to the ‘Key skills and attributes’ that outline your suitability for the position. Your response should be no more than 3 pages.

The selection panel will assess your ability to perform the work required of the position based on your response and resume and other selection processes which may include an interview and/or work test.

Referees will be contacted to verify the information you provide and to comment on how well you demonstrate the attributes being sought.

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