Kim Hames

Kim Hames


    Big Wanneroo Infill Sewerage project gets green light

    15/01/2001 8:04 PM

    More than 500 homes near the edge of Lake Joondalup at Wanneroo will be sewered in a major $2.7 million Infill Sewerage Project announced today by Water Resources Minister Dr Kim Hames.

    Dr Hames said the project would provide essential protection for groundwater resources and the sensitive lakeside environment.

    A total of 504 properties are included in the project area bounded by Wanneroo Road, Church Street and Scenic Drive. Construction work is due to begin by early April with the project scheduled for completion next summer.

    Dr Hames said the scope of the Wanneroo project illustrated the outstanding success of the State Government's $800 million Infill Sewerage Program.

    "When we began this very significant program back in July 1994, we faced a huge task,” he said.

    “About one quarter of all Perth homes were still relying on septic tanks and in some country areas, the figure was as high as 45 per cent.

    "Six years later, more than 54,000 properties around the State have been sewered with huge benefits to our environment, our public health and the convenience of individual householders.

    "Now more Wanneroo residents will have the opportunity to appreciate for themselves the benefits of a clean, modern sewerage system which is virtually maintenance-free."

    Dr Hames said experienced Infill Sewerage Program contractor Garherst Pty Ltd had been chosen to carry out construction work on the project.

    "Garherst has established an excellent record on major projects of this type, including a very high level of environmental awareness and responsibility,” he said.

    "With the location of this project close to Lake Joondalup and parkland, the Water Corporation will ensure its strict environmental requirements are met.

    "At the same time, replacing old septic tanks will safeguard the waters of the lake from unacceptable nutrients and other pollutants.”

    In addition to 11kms of reticulated sewer mains, the project will involve construction of a pressure main in Neville Drive and a pump station at the corner of Neville and Scenic Drives.

    For more information, contact Water Corporation Project Manager Lloyd Leith on 9420 3641.

    Media contact: Sandy Gater, Minister’s officer, 9424 7450