Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    New water pipeline to cater for Perth’s booming south-east

    7/02/2022 10:00 AM
     
    • $4 million water pipeline to support future housing development in Mundijong and Whitby 
    • Pipeline to service around 17,000 new water service connections by 2060
    • $140.5 million committed to Perth and Peel water network and supply projects in 2021-22

    Housing development in Perth's south-east will be supported for years to come following completion of a 2.1 kilometres water pipeline servicing the fast-growing suburbs of Mundijong and Whitby.

     

    Announced today by Water Minister Dave Kelly, the $4 million project will provide a secure and reliable supply of high-quality drinking water to current and future residents.

     

    Mundijong is presently home to 4,068 residents, with this number tipped to swell to nearly 21,000 by 2036. In line with population forecasts, around 17,000 new water service connections could be required in the area by 2060.

     

    The pipeline was laid underneath Paterson Street between Mundijong Road and Keirnan Street to avoid impacting established trees along the verge.

     

    Almost 50 jobs were created as part of the project, which took six months to complete.  

     

    During the project, Water Corporation's education team paid a visit to Mundijong Primary School to host a special 'Water in Aboriginal culture' incursion.

     

    Part of the Waterwise Schools Program, students participated in a sensory journey through Noongar boodja (Noongar country) to learn how Aboriginal people have been custodians of WA's water systems for more than 60,000 years.

     

    Through Water Corporation, the McGowan Government has allocated over $140 million to water supply and network projects in Perth and Peel in 2021-22.

     

    To learn more about Water Corporation's current infrastructure projects, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/Outages-and-works/Ongoing-Works

     

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

     

    "The McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is committed to ensuring water supply networks keep pace with urban growth to allow our city and State to prosper long into the future.

     

    "This is especially important given the long-term impacts of climate change on our water supply, which we already know is resulting in less rainfall and even less available drinking water.

     

    "With tens of thousands of people set to call this area home over the next few decades, it's vital growing communities like Mundijong and Whitby have the infrastructure to support sustainable growth."

     

    Comments attributed to Darling Range MLA Hugh Jones:

     

    "I'm glad to see this project reach completion, and I thank the community for their patience as these works took place.

     

    "This new pipeline is key to supporting housing development in Mundijong and Whitby and future-proofing the area for years to come.

     

    "I'm proud to be part of the McGowan Government delivering for Darling Range."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6100