WA Regional Water Infrastructure to receive $968 Million Boost


The Western Australian Government has made a $968 million commitment over the next four years to support hundreds of regional water infrastructure projects across the state.

The funding will be allocated to delivering new regional projects as well as making improvements and upgrades to existing facilities through the Asset Investment programs run by the Government's three water corporations.

The funding has been broken down into four regions including the South-West region, the Goldfields and Agricultural region, the Mid-West Region and the Great Southern region.

South-West - $208.9 million

  • $26 million for the drainage upgrade project in the City of Busselton to increase flood protection.
  • $7 million for the Greenbushes to Kirup pipeline to complete the Bridgetown Region Water Supply Scheme.
  • $4.2 million for upgrades to the Collie and Kemerton Wastewater Treatment Plants.
  • $400,000 for upgrades at four water treatment/distribution plant sites in Busselton.

Goldfields and Agricultural - $151.8 million

  • $18.4m for new water storage tanks at Merredin and Dedari.
  • $2.8m to replace ageing pipelines and reduce leaks across the Farmlands area.
  • $2.1m to upgrade the York Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mid-West - $94.6 million

  • $11.2 million for improving water quality in the Murchison region.
  • $2 million for a new water storage tank in Nilgen.
  • $4.2 million for water supply scheme improvements in Geraldton.

North-West - $265.3 million

  • $6.8 million for a new water storage tank in Karratha.
  • $7.3 million to upgrade Onslow's Cane River borefield and water treatment plant.
  • $6.2 million on improvements to the Yule borefield which supplies water for Port Hedland
  • $500,000 to upgrade Derby Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Great Southern - $145.2 million

  • $18.6 million to complete the Albany to Denmark pipeline.
  • $4.9 million to expand the Werillup borefield that makes up part of the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme, supplies drinking water to Albany and surrounding areas.
  • $2.9 million to renew water supply pipelines in the Lake Grace area.
  • $2.3 million on expansion and improvements to Esperance's town water supply scheme.

Western Australia COVID-19 Recovery Plan

A further $61.4 million has also been allocated to new infrastructure projects over the next four years as part of the state's recovery plan from the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020-21 investment in regional WA communities includes:

  • $11.9 million for the Bunbury Water Resource Recovery Scheme to provide recycled water for use on major infrastructure projects and irrigation of public open spaces.
  • $4.2 million to normalise water and wastewater services to remote and town-based Aboriginal communities.
  • $500,000 to reinstate irrigation of public open space for the Shire of Broome.
  • $200,00 to upgrade the Coral Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Western Australia's Water Minister, Dave Kelly, noted that this investment in water infrastructure was crucial for regional communities to combat climate change.

"The McGowan Government's investment in hundreds of regional projects, to be delivered by Aqwest, Busselton Water and the Water Corporation right across Western Australia, shows our commitment to providing safe and reliable water services no matter where you live," Mr Kelly said.

"One of the biggest challenges we face in 2020-21, and forever into the future, is to manage the impacts that climate change is having on our precious water supply and water infrastructure.

"Climate change has resulted in a significant reduction in rainfall across the State's south-west, and we're also seeing more unpredictable weather patterns in the north of WA.  

"The McGowan Government takes climate change seriously, and combined with a growing State, is committed to investing in water infrastructure that is efficient and resilient.

"We also need to keep doing more with wastewater, recycle what has previously been considered a waste product, as well as inspire more efficient and 'wiser' water use through education programs.

"By doing these three things in tandem - investing in water infrastructure, recycling wastewater and saving water - we will be much better placed to respond to the impacts of climate change on our water supply."

Source: Media Release

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