Clare­mont in for ground­wa­ter study

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By BELINDA CIPRI­ANO

THE Town of Clare­mont will par­tic­i­pate in a veg­e­ta­tion and ground­wa­ter study af­ter coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted to take part in the scheme at last Tues­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The scheme, run in part­ner­ship with the Western Sub­urbs Coun­cils, Depart­ment of Wa­ter and Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, is aimed at de­vel­op­ing and eval­u­at­ing op­tions as a means to fur­ther­ing pub­lic open space wa­ter se­cu­rity for the Town’s parks, oval and re­serves.

Coun­cil­lor Kate Main said given there was a short­age of wa­ter in Western Aus­tralia, if Clare­mont were to be in­cluded in the scheme it could be very ex­cit­ing.

Cr Jill Goetze echoed Cr Main’s sen­ti­ments say­ing the scheme sounded like a great sug­ges­tion and it would be fan­tas­tic if it came about.

“We def­i­nitely need to in­ves­ti­gate it fur­ther,” she said.

Cr Paul Kelly said he sup­ported the scheme but did so with cau­tion. “This is a ma­jor ex­er­cise,” he said. “We are talk­ing mil­lions.” Coun­cil­lors agreed to al­lo­cate $5781 from the ex­ist­ing ground­wa­ter project money in the 2015-16 bud­get to­wards stormwa­ter in­fil­tra­tion, an anal­y­sis of re­cy­cled wa­ter op­tions, an ad­min­is­tra­tion re­port on the out­come and to con­sider the in­clu­sion of $28,290 in the 2016-17 bud­get for pro­gres­sion of a re­cy­cled wa­ter scheme.

A fur­ther $200,000 would be re­quired for the next phase, which would in­clude pub­lic consultation.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Leighton kiosk sculp­tor David Bro­phy, Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt and pave­ment artists Penny Bovell and Mar­garet Dil­lon.

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