Western Australia Water Minister Dave Kelly has announced the start of a major upgrade to water and wastewater infrastructure in Broome, with a local Aboriginal business appointed to deliver the project’s first stage.
The project includes a new 11-kilometre wastewater pipeline to be delivered by Broome-based Kimberley Civil and Drainage, and upgrades to Water Corporation’s Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility.
In addition to supporting population growth and economic development, the project will facilitate the closure of the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, helping ensure better environmental outcomes for the iconic Roebuck Bay.
In 2020-21, Water Corporation awarded $14.1 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses across Western Australia, including approximately $5 million to Aboriginal businesses in the North West.
Water Minister Dave Kelly said the project would help to support the local infrastructure within the region.
“Importantly, this project will ensure greater environmental protection of Roebuck Bay while also delivering a reliable supply of non-potable water that will provide significant public amenity,” he said.
Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said the infrastructure boost would enable the community to continue to be popular among locals and tourists.
“With construction underway, we are one step closer towards ensuring the protection of this iconic area and continued delivery of water and wastewater services for Broome’s growing community,” D’Anna said.
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