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Question Without Notice No. 1200 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 October 2019 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

NEERABUP GROUNDWATER TREATMENT PLANT

1200. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the government's announcement that it will spend more than $50 million to upgrade the Neerabup groundwater treatment plant—to be completed next year—which will double the recharge capacity of the scheme from 14 billion litres to 28 billion litres.

(1) What is the anticipated time frame for completion?

(2) How many jobs are anticipated to be —

(a) full-time; and

(b) part-time?

(3) How many jobs will be ongoing once the upgrade has been completed?

(4) I refer to the reported government spend of $7 million to build infrastructure to expand the great southern temporary water carting program to Denmark and supplement the local water supply. This will involve carting water from supply points in the lower great southern towns of Mt Barker, Narrikup and Albany to Denmark. Therefore, can the minister please advise whether the government has any long-term plans to solve the water crisis in Denmark and the south west?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Water has provided the following information.

(1) Expected completion is by the end of 2020.

(2) In total, 120 full-time jobs will be created.

(3) There will be three.

(4) The south west of Western Australia is one of the areas on the planet that has been most affected by climate change through declining rainfall. The government has been responsive to this new reality in a number of strategic ways through careful planning, including connecting towns to bigger schemes with multiple source options, water carting and working with the community to save water. Thanks to this careful planning, people living across the region continue to have a secure water supply. The McGowan government will spend $39 million on a plan to secure Denmark's water supply. The plan includes short and medium-term solutions, as follows: stage 5 water restrictions for Denmark from 1 October 2019; working with the Denmark community to help it use less scheme water through the Denmark Waterwise Towns Program, which commenced on 1 October 2019; carting water to Denmark from Albany to supplement the local drinking water scheme until a new pipeline is built; and building a new water pipeline to connect Denmark to the lower great southern towns water supply scheme in Albany.