The new multi-million-dollar Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility has officially opened and is touted to be able to support the town’s development beyond 2050. The $65.6 million investment in Broome’s wastewater and water infrastructure includes the expansion of the Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility, enabling it to treat all the town’s wastewater. Shire of Broome chief executive Sam Mastrolembo said the project was one of the most significant achievements the Shire had achieved in collaboration with the State Government. “There’s been a lot achieved in partnership with the State Government in the last seven years,” he said. “I think everyone that lives here would know there’s been some fantastic achievements, whether it’s the Chinatown redevelopment or the Town Beach redevelopment. “This non-potable water supply coming back into town is by far the biggest achievement that we’ve delivered together.” Wastewater flows are now diverted to Broome North via a new 12km underground pipeline, delivered by Broome-based Kimberley Civil and Drainage. The upgrades have also allowed the closure of the Broome South Water Resource Recovery Facility, protecting Roebuck Bay. A new replacement irrigation scheme supplies non-potable water through the new and repurposed infrastructure, which previously used recycled water from Broome South, helping maintain the town’s 43.5ha of playing fields, school ovals and the Broome Golf Course. Water Minister Simone McGurk said the investment was an important milestone in supporting the town’s long-term economic development. “This Water Corporation project has futureproofed Broome’s water infrastructure and delivered a sustainable solution to irrigate its green spaces, providing environmental, community, and tourism benefits,” she said. Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said maintaining Broome as a green, liveable community was essential for the town to retain its status as a premier tourism destination, as well as supporting local sport and recreation initiatives. “I also commend Water Corporation for supporting local jobs during its three-year project, including Aboriginal-owned Kimberley Civil and Drainage on the new 12km pipeline, which diverts wastewater flows to Broome North,” she said. Ms McGurk said the facility would also cater for the town’s long-term population growth.