Money flows for long-awaited project

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

For­rest MHR Nola Marino, WA Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack and Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke visit the Har­vey Agri­cul­tural Col­lege to an­nounce the launch of the Myalup-Welling­ton Wa­ter Project.

The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter was in Har­vey last week to pro­vide an up­date on the long-awaited $396 mil­lion Myalup-Welling­ton Wa­ter Project to boost agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion.

Michael McCor­mack vis­ited Har­vey Agri­cul­tural Col­lege with an en­tourage of key rep­re­sen­ta­tives to con­firm Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing com­mit­ments to re­duce salin­ity in the Welling­ton Dam.

Mr McCor­mack said $190 mil­lion would come from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, $37 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment and $169 mil­lion from Col­lie Wa­ter, Har­vey Wa­ter and pri­vate in­vestors.

“It goes to show what you can do when you get both tiers of gov­ern­ment, as well as pri­vate in­vestors, work­ing for the com­mon good,” he said.

Mr McCor­mack said the project would trans­form the Col­lie River and the Har­vey and Wa­roona dis­tricts.

“Nola Marino al­most wears the car­pet out into my min­is­te­rial of­fice in Can­berra, fight­ing hard for the seat of For­rest,” he said.

“She knows what a trans­for­ma­tion- al project this is, she knows this isn’t just build­ing her area . . . but it’s in­deed na­tion-build­ing.”

For­rest MHR Ms Marino said the project would pro­vide a help­ing hand to farm­ers from Benger to Welling­ton who ir­ri­gated out of the Welling­ton Dam.

“It’s al­most a yel­low­ing ef­fect of the salin­ity in the grass fur­ther south so they’re go­ing to be able to grow not just grass but a whole lot of prod­ucts,” Mrs Marino said.

“We all know that the South West pro­duces some of the best prod­ucts in the world and the qual­ity of our wa­ter is a key part of that.”

WA Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said ac­cess to fit-for-pur­pose wa­ter was vi­tal for agri­cul­tural growth in the re­gion.

“The Myalup-Welling­ton Project will help se­cure the fu­ture of the re­gion in a dry­ing cli­mate, creat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­panded hor­ti­cul­ture and agri­cul­ture,” she said.

Ms MacTier­nan said the project would be de­liv­ered over the next five years, with work start­ing on the ground within two years.

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

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