Millions pledged to water plan

THE future of the Myalup-Wellington project seems secure after the Federal Government announced it would provide $190 million funding to start the project.

On Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced $140 million in grant funding as well as a $50 million concessional loan facility to ensure the project goes ahead.

Harvey Water members will contribute $30 million, alongside $37 million from the State Government and $143 million in private debt and equity from project proponents Collie Water.

Harvey Water general manager Brad Hamersley said the project would rectify serious salinity issues in the Wellington Dam and provide better quality water to local farmers and irrigators.

“With increasingly saline irrigation water from Wellington Dam causing productivity loss, germination problems and the virtual elimination of horticultural crops, our members were facing an almost certain end to their existing farming enterprises, but by securing this government funding partnership, the future is now looking positive,” he said.

“The project will provide significant benefits to the South West, enhancing its role as a leading agricultural centre and will enable an increased irrigation and agriculture production footprint in the Collie and Myalup irrigation districts.

“I would like to acknowledge the vision and commitment of the former and current State Governments to this project as well as Collie Water which has worked beside Harvey Water to secure Federal Government support and make it a reality.” Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the funding was great news for South West residents.

‘This project will divert highsaline inflows upstream from Wellington Dam for desalination, improving the quality of water stored in and released from the dam for agriculture and various uses,” she said.

Source: Bunbury Herald.