As part of a major upgrade to water and wastewater infrastructure in Broome, a new 11km wastewater pipeline will be constructed, with a local Aboriginal business appointed to deliver the project’s first stage.
Western Australia Water Minister, Dave Kelly, announced the start of the major upgrade, with the pipeline to be delivered by Broome-based Kimberley Civil and Drainage.
In addition to supporting population growth and economic development, the project will facilitate the closure of the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, helping ensure better environmental outcomes for the iconic Roebuck Bay.
The project also includes an overhaul of the town’s irrigation scheme, partly funded through the Western Australian Government’s $5.5 billion Western Australia Recovery Plan.
The scheme will use new and repurposed infrastructure to deliver non-potable water to 43.5 hectares of green space across Broome, including school ovals, playing fields and sporting facilities.
“It’s fantastic to see a local business delivering a project that will help cement Broome as one of Australia’s most iconic tourist destinations,” Mr Kelly said.
“Importantly, this project will ensure greater environmental protection of Roebuck Bay while also delivering a reliable supply of non-potable water that will provide significant public amenity.”
In 2020-21, Water Corporation awarded $14.1 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses across Western Australia, including approximately $5 million to Aboriginal businesses in the North West.