Money flows for long-awaited project

Funding pledged for 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 transformational 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.

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter