The Liberal-National Government will spend more than $3.4billion in 2010‑11 and over the forward estimates period on essential projects across the State recognising the ongoing need for major water and wastewater infrastructure developments.
Water Minister Graham Jacobs said the projects were essential to support Western Australia’s continued growth and the most significant single development in 2010‑11 would be the expenditure of $312.1million on the new Southern Seawater Desalination Plant, which is currently scheduled to be commissioned in late 2011.
“The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant, which is being constructed outside Binningup in the South-West, will help ensure water supply to Perth, other parts of the South-West, as well as towns and communities to Kalgoorlie‑Boulder,” Dr Jacobs said.
The Minister said $15.2million would be spent on Perth’s rapidly developing northern corridor to complete Stage 1 of the new Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant, allowing for the full development of the Alkimos satellite city which has been designed to cater for an ultimate population of more than 100,000 people.
“Another major project in the same area will begin in 2010‑11 with the expenditure of $9million to complete the first stage of a major new storage reservoir at Carabooda that will have the capacity to supply water to 20,000 new homes in the northern half of the North West corridor,” he said.
“In Perth’s eastern corridor, work will commence on the $315.5million Mundaring Water Treatment Plant with $35.3million expected to be spent in 2010‑11.
“In Perth’s southern corridor, $9.7million has been allocated for an upgrade to sludge treatment facilities at Woodman Point, the State’s largest wastewater treatment facility, in the latest of several upgrades to ensure this facility continues to operate at optimum capacity.
“In the Peel region, $16.4million is expected to be spent in 2010-11 on a new $58.9million pump station in Ravenswood that will enable water from the
Southern Seawater Desalination Plant to be fed into the Integrated Water Supply System.
In the South-West, $20.7million is expected to be spent in 2010‑11 on remedial works at Wellington Dam.”
Dr Jacobs also announced that $7.1million funding from the successful Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions program will go towards the West Pilbara Water Security initiative.
The Liberal-National Government will also commit $100million over four years to continue the Infill Sewerage Program.
“The Government recognises the health and environmental need for the continuation of the Infill Sewerage Program,” the Minister said.
“We started work on Spearwood in April and will roll out the program to other areas in WA shortly.”
Water resource management, source protection and policy development will also receive almost $81.83million in 2010-11 through the Department of Water.
Dr Jacobs said WA had unique challenges in water resources management that required the Government to create, adapt and adopt systematic world class management practices.
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