- Myalup-Wellington project, co-funded by the State and Federal governments and private investors, to drive new irrigated agriculture in the South-West
- Further Federal funding needed to secure Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme
The McGowan Government has welcomed the Federal Government's $140 million investment in the Myalup-Wellington project, which will stimulate new agricultural activity in the South-West.
The State Government committed $37 million to the Myalup-Wellington project, an industry-led initiative looking at solutions to lowering salinity levels at Wellington Dam.
Project proponents Collie Water will invest about $169 million in the project.
Reducing salinity in the dam will provide more water for irrigation in the South-West, driving new agricultural opportunities for the region.
However, the McGowan Government is calling on the Federal Government to also co-invest in the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme.
The State Government has committed $19 million to the $80 million project, which will further develop irrigation options around Manjimup and Pemberton.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"In a difficult budgetary environment, our Government decided to commit to this project - and that decision has paid off.
"We welcome the Federal investment in this job-creating project and will continue to work with Collie Water to shore up the private investment needed to get the project off the ground.
"We would hope to see the Federal Government get behind the important Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme, a transformative project for areas around Manjimup and Pemberton - particularly given the vast majority of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund has gone to the Eastern States."
Comments attributed to Acting Water Minister Roger Cook:
"It is good to see the Federal Government support the McGowan Government's investment in this job-creating WA project.
"Access to reliable water is vital to help grow our regional economy, particularly as we look to expand food production across the southern corner of our State in a drying climate."
Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:
"We welcome any Federal money coming to the regions after there being a short supply of funding for regional development in recent times.
"We look forward to the project going ahead and creating much-needed jobs for the whole South-West region.
"As we know, water is a very precious resource and must be utilised for both environmental and job-creating purposes so it's pleasing to receive this funding to help with that."
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Water Minister's office - 6552 6100