The $15million first stage of a new wastewater facility for Hopetoun has been given approval to proceed.
Water Resources Minister John Kobelke said the wastewater plant was needed to support the growth of Hopetoun, brought on by BHP Billiton’s $3billion Ravensthorpe nickel mine.
“Yesterday, I spoke with Ravensthorpe Shire president, Brenda Tillbrook, and she was pleased and satisfied with the decision,” Mr Kobelke said.
“The building project will provide a new wastewater plant to the north of the town, a collection system for Mary Anne Waters Estate which was currently being developed by LandCorp, and the commercial centre in the main street of the town.”
The Water Corporation plans to provide a detailed briefing for the shire and the community early next month.
Current arrangements which truck waste from Hopetoun to Ravensthorpe will continue until the system is commissioned late in 2008.
A contract to build the plant will be awarded before Christmas. It is likely that work will start on the project early next year, subject to the necessary environmental approvals.
Goldfields-Esperance Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said a study would be undertaken into alternative wastewater treatment processes to determine if there were other opportunities which supported further development.
“This is a welcome announcement for Hopetoun and will ensure future development can proceed as the nickel mine drives expansion in the region,” Ms Ravlich said.
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