$33m water boost to build a better future
The Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant is set to be closed as the town’s water infrastructure receives a multimillion-dollar investment from the State Government.
Water Minister Dave Kelly announced a $33 million investment towards new infrastructure to cater for population growth and deliver enhanced environment, community and tourism-driven outcomes.
The funding will include a $23.3 million upgrade to the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant for it to treat all of Broome’s wastewater and allow the Broome South plant to be closed by December 2022 to protect Roebuck Bay. Construction is set to begin early next year.
The remaining $9.7 million will go towards a new irrigation scheme for the town’s 43.5ha of green space, including playing fields, school ovals and the Broome Golf Club.
The replacement scheme will supply non-potable water to the town’s existing public open space irrigation areas through new and repurposed infrastructure.
Mr Kelly said the investment was an “important milestone” in delivering a long-term, environmentally sustainable solution to support the town’s development beyond 2050.
Councillor Chris Mitchell, who represented the Shire at last Wednesday’s announcement, said the new water infrastructure would benefit the town significantly.
“The Shire is very happy with the announcement and thanks the State Government for its sizeable investment,” he said.
“The issue of water supply in Broome is something the Shire has been in negotiations over for a number of years but this commitment ensures a long-term, industry-leading solution.
“In addition, the new infrastructure will provide new opportunities for the Shire and ensure minimal financial burden is placed on our ratepayers.”
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