Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Pipeline alignment option reduces number of affected landowners

    12/12/2006 8:39 PM
     
    12/12/06

    The last jigsaw piece of the 1,500km Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline expansion is being put into place.

    The expansion in the Harvey/Kemerton area was the last and one of the most controversial parts of the expansion plan.

    Local landholders, foresters, miners and environmentalists were all concerned about the proposed routes, but an on-ground inspection and plan amendment resolved nearly 100 per cent of these concerns.

    Land Access Minister Tony McRae said the revised alignment would provide a better balance between the needs of farmers, landowners and the environment, and the future energy needs of WA.

    “The alignment protects environmentally sensitive wetlands and makes use of existing infrastructure corridors in a way that reduces the impact of future expansion," Mr McRae said.

    “This decision is part of the larger project to expand the gas pipeline to make certain gas will be available to business, new industry and potentially hundreds of thousands of new families in Perth and the South-West over the next 50-plus years.

    “The expansion plans are part of a 50-year vision by the Carpenter Government for WA’s future.

    “After consulting with stakeholders and visiting affected landowners, I think we have achieved an alignment that will be acceptable to all concerned.”

    The final draft plan was now subject to the Department of Environment and Conservation’s approval as well as the agreement of the Forest Products Commission and Western Power Corporation.

    “This very important expansion is now set to go ahead following the necessary approvals being worked through,” the Minister said.

    “After years of being just lines on a map, it is time to get on with the job and provide certainty for future energy requirements needed with the development and potential of the South-West region.”

    The revised alignment is available at the Department for Planning and Infrastructure at http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/kemerton or by phoning 9347 5133.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150