Dam’s fu­ture pos­i­tive

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

HAR­VEY Wa­ter gen­eral man­ager Bradd Hamer­s­ley be­lieves In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia’s list­ing of the Myalup-Welling­ton Project as a pri­or­ity is a good sign the project will re­ceive State and Fed­eral fund­ing.

The na­tion’s in­de­pen­dent in­fra­struc­ture ad­viser has iden­ti­fied more than $55 bil­lion worth of na­tion-shap­ing projects in its lat­est In­fra­struc­ture Pri­or­ity List.

The Myalup-Welling­ton Project is the only WA project iden­ti­fied on the list.

Mr Hamer­s­ley said he hoped to see an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in the near fu­ture.

“It is a sign that in the next six to eight weeks we will see a favourable an­nounce­ment from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide some fund­ing for the project which will then trig­ger the State, who has of­fered to put up $37 mil­lion of its funds,” he said.

“I am putting in $30 mil­lion of my mem­bers’ funds.

“We are work­ing very, very hard to make sure this project hap­pens.”

Mr Hamer­s­ley said if the project re­ceived fund­ing ap­proval he would look to ex­tract wa­ter from the sys­tem in the first win­ter flows of this year.

“That would im­me­di­ately com­mence the re­ver­sal of the salin­ity sit­u­a­tion that we see in Welling­ton Dam,” he said.

“That is sub­ject to some ap- provals and we need to get fi­nan­cial clo­sure with the State Gov­ern­ment, but that would be our ideal time­line.

“It is quite a quick-mov­ing project and you would be look­ing at large-scale con­struc­tion be­ing com­pleted within 12 months.

“The to­tal im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project, and the time to clean up Welling­ton Dam in its com­plete­ness, is a three to seven year propo­si­tion de­pend­ing on which bit you are talk­ing about.”

Col­lie Wa­ter chair­man Peter Fogerty said the project was vi­tal to main­tain­ing the re­gion’s role as an agri­cul­tural cen­tre and In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia’s as­sess­ment was an im­por­tant step along the path to­wards se­cur­ing Com­mon­wealth fund­ing for the project.

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