ON THE COAST

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EARLY in­ves­ti­ga­tions for a pos­si­ble sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plant in Alki­mos will start next week with an off­shore sur­vey.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion spokes­woman Clare Lu­gar said the sur­vey was part of on­go­ing fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies into a pos­si­ble sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plant in the area.

“If con­structed, the sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plant would form part of the metropoli­tan area’s In­te­grated Wa­ter Sup­ply Scheme and pre­dom­i­nantly ser­vice the city’s grow­ing north­ern cor­ri­dor,” she said.

“The Perth metropoli­tan area al­ready has two op­er­at­ing de­sali­na­tion plants at Kwinana and Bin­ningup, which to­gether sup­ply 48 per cent of Perth’s fresh wa­ter needs.

“An Alki­mos de­sali­na­tion plant would be lo­cated next to ex­ist­ing waste­water treat­ment in­fra­struc­ture within the Alki­mos Wa­ter Precinct.

“No de­ci­sion has been taken at this time to pro­ceed with con­struc­tion or when a new wa­ter source may be needed for Perth.”

The Alki­mos test­ing will start about Septem­ber 17 and con­tinue to Novem­ber, with three weeks of seis­mic test­ing ini­tially fol­lowed by core-sam­pling of the seabed us­ing a drilling barge that may be vis­i­ble from the coast.

“The seis­mic test­ing will in­volve an ex­clu­sion area be­ing off-lim­its to ves­sels and equip­ment to pre­vent en­tan­gle­ment,” Ms Lu­gar said.

“The seis­mic test­ing, which is non-in­va­sive, in­volves col­lect­ing data from the seabed and sub­sur­face ge­ol­ogy through re­leas­ing pulses or sound waves.

“Once com­plete it will be fol­lowed by five weeks of core-sam­pling, which will in­volve drilling small holes into the seabed and ex­tract­ing sam­ples.

“Dur­ing this sec­ond stage, the ex­clu­sion zone will be smaller, ex­tend­ing 25m around the barge.”

The test­ing will be in waters di­rectly off Alki­mos be­tween Alki­mos Reef and Eglin­ton Rocks, ex­tend­ing out about 5.5km from the coast.

Visit www.wa­ter­cor­po­ra­tion.com.au/se­cur­ing­sup­ply for de­tails. THE State Govern­ment has re­vealed plans for a trans­port-fo­cused com­mu­nity sur­round­ing the fu­ture Alki­mos train sta­tion, which could boost jobs and hous­ing in the north­ern sub­urbs.

Sched­uled to open in 2021, Alki­mos will be the first train sta­tion along the Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion and will form the fo­cal point of the new Alki­mos Cen­tral com­mu­nity.

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion re­cently ap­proved the struc­ture plan for Alki­mos Cen­tral, which will be a hub for a pro­jected pop­u­la­tion of 60,000 in the fully de­vel­oped Alki­mos-Eglin­ton District.

Earth­works at Land­Corp’s 212ha de­vel­op­ment east of Marmion Av­enue will start in mid-2019, with a mix of res­i­den­tial, re­tail, recre­ational, en­ter­tain­ment and com­mer­cial uses planned.

“This will pro­vide a boost of around 15,000 jobs in the north­ern sub­urbs, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion jobs and new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Pre­mier Mark McGowan said.

“Alki­mos Cen­tral will pro­vide the fo­cal point for up to 13,500 lo­cal jobs, while the con­struc­tion of the Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion is ex­pected to gen­er­ate more than 1600 jobs.”

Trans­port and Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said Alki­mos Cen­tral would serve as a des­ti­na­tion to visit, work and shop.

“It will fea­ture a sig­nif­i­cant re­tail area, mixed den­sity res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, busi­ness and ser­vice in­dus­trial precincts, plus a civic and cul­tural zone,” she said.

“There are also plans for district play­ing fields and an in­door recre­ation cen­tre.”

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley talked about Metronet precincts at a Com­mit­tee for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia con­fer­ence this week.

“Metronet precincts will en­able peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to live in a range of af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions in safe, in­clu­sive and con­nected com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

The re­cently de­vel­oped So­cial and Af­ford­able Hous­ing and Jobs Pack­age will also feed into Metronet to de­liver 1390 homes.

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