A $2.4 million upgrade of wastewater infrastructure in Coral Bay will bolster the growth of Western Australia’s Ningaloo Region as a tourist destination.
The project included construction of a second evaporation pond at the Coral Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, allowing it to receive an extra 45,000 litres of wastewater daily.
A spillway was also built, connecting the existing evaporation pond and emergency infiltration area to better protect the environment and infrastructure from potential overflows during extreme rainfall events.
Delivered by Water Corporation, the project will support the continued growth of tourism in the town, while also catering for the expansion of existing businesses and accommodation providers.
More than $230,000 was invested back into the local economy, with quarry materials and concrete supplied by local sub-contractors in Exmouth, and some plant hire, water supply and accommodation from Bullara Station.
Dave Kelly, Water Minister, said visitors to WA’s Ningaloo Region contributed about $110 million to the WA economy in 2020 and tourism in the region provides more than 1000 local jobs.
“It’s vital we have the infrastructure in place behind the scenes to allow communities like Coral Bay to grow and prosper into world-class tourist destinations.”
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