Wide Bay Water chairman Cliff Searle, new WBW chief executive Peter Care and Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connnell outside the council's Hervey Bay office.
Wide Bay Water chairman Cliff Searle, new WBW chief executive Peter Care and Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connnell outside the council's Hervey Bay office. Hayden Johnson

Peter Care appointed new WBW chief executive

WIDE Bay Water's new chief executive officer is Peter Care, a man with more than 25 years of experience in the water industry.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell made the announcement at the Hervey Bay council office on Friday morning.

Mr Care, one of 17 applicants for the job, said he had 35 years of experience as an engineer.

He said discussions between WBW and the council had been positive.

WBW board chairman Cliff Searle said the angst between WBW and the council was no longer there.

According to the WBW website, Mr Care has been involved in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of several innovative water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand.

"These have been at the forefront of technology including managing the development of New Zealand's first 100% wastewater reuse project,' the company website said.

"Peter has worked internationally on the planning and development of projects in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and the Pacific Islands."

Mr Care has been acting CEO for the past four months.

"It has been a pleasure working with Peter during his time as acting CEO," Mr Searle said.

"The board has also appointed four executive managers as part of a restructure."

The new executive team consists of existing senior employees who have taken on new responsibilities including:

  • Executive manager corporate services Mark Peters
  • Executive manager assets and engineering Trevor Dean
  • Executive manager compliance and regulation Mark Vanner
  • Executive manager operations Denis Heron

"The new team, executive and board members, look forward to building on the corporation's good work in delivering a first-class water and waste water service to the region," Mr Searle said.

"We are looking forward and planning for the future."

Cr O'Connell said Mr Care had worked in both the private and local government sectors.

"He has held senior management roles with multi-national companies and has been an integral part of the Wide Bay Water Corporation executive management team since 2001," he said.

"His expertise and knowledge of the region's water and wastewater network capabilities and operations will be invaluable in the transition of Wide Bay Water to a commercialised business unit of council and in ensuring the continuation of a high-quality service to the residents of the Fraser Coast." 

Mr Care has been involved in the planning, development and operation of key infrastructure such as the raising of Lenthall Dam, building the Burgowan Water Treatment Plant and the award-winning Nikenbah Wastewater Treatment Plant.

His involvement with the Fraser Coast region started in 1996 when he was engaged by consulting engineers GHD to design a trunk sewer pipeline in Hervey Bay and was seconded to the Hervey Bay City Council for six months as manager of the water and wastewater operations.

Mr Care has been permanently employed by WBW since January 2001.

He is a passionate sailor and three years ago launched his 38-foot catamaran which took him three-and-a-half years to build in his backyard.

In 2011, with his family, Mr Care sailed to New Caledonia to complete a long-held goal to sail the Pacific islands and surf in warm water on the reefs off the islands.

He is a member of the Hervey Bay Boat Club Yacht Squadron and competes in local races and cruises the Sandy Strait with his wife Suella.