North Queensland Recovery Project


Queensland Government




Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman



Project Scope

Scaada Environmental and Sustainability were engaged to assist in the emergency response to Cyclone Jasper in Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman in December 2023.  The project involved the development and maintenance of waste, repairs on the Douglas Shire Water Treatment Unit, and design and implementation of a temporary waste management facility.

Project Outcome

Scaada teams had initial response to assist with developing a plan to repair the Douglas Shires active water treatment plant with minimal disruption to the nearby towns it serviced.  The system was a gravity fed process, fed directly from the Mossman River, with over 40 kms of above and below ground infrastructure to services areas from Daintree to Port Douglas.  The areas had very minimal storage and relied heavily on this single source.  After a rapid 24-hour injection, team members were able to reinstate supply to the system, and ensure water met it’s end point less than 24 hours later.

Scaada also oversaw the collection of curb side waste in the Cairns area, identifying high risk materials and goods, as well as assisting in the waste management design process at the purpose-built Yorkie’s Knob facility.  Numerous high risk materials required management, as well as the design and implementation of a logistics plan to move received waste away from the facility to unaffected locations in a safe and productive manner.