- State Government calls for proposals to increase water use from Wellington Dam
- Part of $5.7 million Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project
Water Minister Mia Davies today called for innovative ideas to increase the availability of useable water from Wellington Dam in the South-West.
"Wellington Dam is the second largest reservoir in the State and the largest surface water storage in the South-West, but rising salinity has resulted in much of the annual 85 gigalitres of water allocation not being fully utilised," she said.
"The State Government is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) to provide a solution to increase the availability and use of water from Wellington Dam. We are looking for responses from a broad range of proponents to both manage water quality and support agricultural development in the Myalup-Wellington region, and potentially industry in the region."
Ms Davies said the public request for ideas was part of the $5.7 million Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project, which was exploring water supply options to lessen reliance on groundwater supplies and promote expansion of both the Myalup Irrigated Agricultural Precinct and the Collie River Irrigation District.
Proposals should focus on below the dam wall solutions but above the dam wall components will also be considered. The EOI opens today and responses close on October 9, 2015. An industry briefing will be held on September 4 in Bunbury, and shortlisted proponents will be notified by the end of the year.
Ms Davies also announced the release of the Lower Collie Surface Water Allocation Plan - a key feature of which is to improve the way water is released from the Wellington Reservoir during the winter months.
"These carefully considered changes will ensure the lower Collie River continues to be a healthy environment and an asset to the community for education, recreation, tourism and cultural benefit, as well as continuing to moderate salinity of the reservoir," she said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Water for Food program, made possible by a $40 million Royalties for Regions investment, was focused on increasing economic growth in regional communities.
"This is a significant investment by the Government to increase the size of irrigation districts and develop new irrigation technologies, as we aim to increase Western Australia's fresh food and animal production by at least 50 per cent by 2025," Mr Redman said.
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