Project Manager - Hells Gate Dam

Project manage the delivery of the $24M Hells Gate Dam and Pumped Hydro Storage Business Case as part of the Townsville Enterprise Project Leadership Group.

About the Team

The Federal Government has committed $24M for the detailed Business Case of the Hells Gates Dam and Pumped Hydro Storage, including geotechnical and cultural heritage assessments, construction proposals, enhanced economic modelling works, environmental impact report and engineering investigations. The Business Case will assess and provide further investigative works into the findings of the feasibility study completed in 2018.

As Project Managers of the Business Case, Townsville Enterprise has brought together a consortium of leading technical specialists to determine if a viable business case exists to construct a major new dam and irrigation scheme at Hells Gates in the Upper Burdekin catchment.

About the Position

The Federal Government is administering the Hells Gate and Pumped Hydro Storage Business Case project through the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority (NQWIA) and in association with the Queensland Government.

Reporting to the Project Leadership Group (PLG), this role is responsible for managing the timely and effective delivery of the Federal Government-funded business case process, overseeing and managing the PLG's commitment to project delivery milestones and technical integrity, and facilitating government interface.

  • 12-month contract, part-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • Townsville-based role
  • Competitive Salary

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you will have substantial experience in large-scale project management with a demonstrated ability to facilitate positive networking between government agencies, private sector, and general public stakeholders.

You will also need:

  • Project Management qualifications and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Cultural Heritage Processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in Coordinated Projects (Government).
  • Strong understanding of, and ability to navigate, State and Federal Government administrative protocols.

The Hells Gate Project

In 2019, the Australian Government committed $24M to the business case for the Big Rocks Weir and Hells Gates Dam Irrigation Scheme. In August 2020 the Big Rocks Weir Business Case was delivered to the Queensland and Federal Governments and has been successful in securing $60M to begin the construction of Big Rocks Weir near Charters Towers to commence in 2021/2022 - Charters Towers Regional Council being the proponent for the project moving forward.

The Hells Gates Dam Business Case is being prepared by Townsville Enterprise, working with the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority and is administered by the Queensland Government Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water.

The business case is currently halfway until completion for submission to both the State and Commonwealth Governments.

A detailed Position Description and Remuneration and Benefits package information is available on request. 

Applications can be submitted via Seek.

Confidential enquiries can be directed to Clayton Cook on 4772 3800. 

Applications close 8th June 2021.


Living in Townsville

Townsville, situated on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with a population of 198,826 (2021).

Located about 350 kilometres south of Cairns and 1,350 kilometres north of Brisbane. Townsville Airport has links to major eastern seaboard cities, as well as Darwin, Bali, and some amazing Queensland regional inland towns.

Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals, Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community, and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.

Townsville is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the Queensland outback. It’s a vibrant and bustling city sitting under the watchful gaze of Castle Hill. Enjoy al fresco dining, Federation-style architecture, and boutique shopping, as well as the cooling ocean breeze and coastal vibe.

Townsville is also Australia’s largest garrison town with Australian Defence Force bases and fascinating military landmarks.