The Western Australia Connections package is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($20 million), the Western Australian Government and other partners ($23.8 million). Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.
The Western Australia Connections package includes a range of infrastructure projects including:
- upgrades to increase water storage capacity
- new water recycling systems
- replacing existing pipelines.
These projects will improve water security for regional Australia, including farming communities.
Western Australia water infrastructure projects under the Connections pathway include:
- Cave Springs Road Tail Water Return System
- Construction of 2 water recycling systems in the Ord River Irrigation Area, resulting in 2,400 megalitres (ML) of water savings each year. Both recycling systems have been completed and are fully operational.
- Agricultural Area Dams and Strategic Community Water Supplies
- Construction of infrastructure facilities such as pipework, tanks, solar pumps and standpipes. This will increase resilience and water security in farming communities in the region.
- Katanning to Kojonup Pipeline Enhancement
- Replacement of existing pipeline at several sections between Katanning and Kojonup. This project is now complete and is increasing water reliability and supply to all farmland customers.
- Jerramungup Dam Catchment Improvement
- Replacement of degraded bitumen with plastic liner to enable increased runoff and water storage. Project is complete and improving reliability to almost all water users in the Jerramungup catchment.
- Gascoyne Irrigation Scheme Augmentation and Modernisation
- Upgrade to essential infrastructure in the Gascoyne region. Upgrades include more production bores and the modernisation of irrigation systems. This will increase horticultural production capability in the region.
- Community Water Supplies Partnership Program with Local Government
- Development of over 40 new and improved non-potable water supplies in priority areas for farming communities to access.
- Ravensthorpe Dam Catchment Extension
- Installation of 3 floating HexaCovers at 3 separate dams, which is now complete. This will reduce evaporation and provide more water for several Wheatbelt communities.
- Cranbrook Dam Catchment Improvement
- Replacement of degraded bitumen in Cranbrook Dam 1 catchment. Project is complete and increasing the volume of water in the dam by 15 ML each year, for agricultural and primary industry use.
- Wongutha Independent Water Security Pilot
- Installation of a small-scale, solar powered water reverse osmosis desalination system pilot. The system will produce an extra 7.3 ML each year of fresh water.
These projects expect to deliver:
- more than 400 jobs during construction and 40 ongoing jobs
- up to 500 more seasonal jobs
- an extra 11.5 gigalitres in storage capacity
- 6,437 ML of increased water availability each year
- 561 hectares of extra irrigable land
- up to 8 new customers or properties connected to water supply.
Construction of the package is expected to be completed in early to mid-2024.