Water project funding

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) knows what a transformational project this is, she knows this isn’t just building her area . . . it’s indeed nation-building,” he said.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the project would assist farmers from Benger to Wellington who irrigated out of the Wellington Dam. “The South West produces some of the best products in the world and the quality of our water is a key part of that,” she said.

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

Source: Bunbury Herald