(Media Release) 14 June 2016. Collie Water, a joint venture of Aqua Ferre Holdings Pty Ltd (Aqua Ferre) and Harvey Water, welcomes the announcement by the Hon Mia Davies, Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry, and the Hon Terry Redman, Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, for Collie Water to develop all aspects of its proposal to address salinity in the Wellington Dam. Read more...
Collie Water will benefit from the commitment by the Federal Government under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to provide feasibility funding of $1 million for the Wellington Dam salinity project (Project). This was announced today by the Hon Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Nola Marino, Federal Member for Forrest. (Refer to attached media statements.)
Collie Water, led by Peter Fogarty's Pendulum Group and its water infrastructure company Aqua Ferre, has spent five years developing a plan to address the salinity issues in the Wellington Dam and the increasing salinity in the Myalup Irrigation Agriculture Precinct. Harvey Water has spent 20 years wrestling with the Wellington Dam salinity problem, following on from many years of government reviews and proposals.
Collie Water teamed up with Harvey Water to develop a solution that would produce potable water for industrial users in the region, significantly reduce salinity in the Wellington Dam, improve water quality to the Collie River Irrigation District (CRID) and deliver quality water to Myalup for aquifer recharge and direct use.
Following an EOI process by the State Government under the Water for Food initiative, Collie Water and Harvey Water were chosen as preferred respondents and then worked with other proponents, Valoriza Water Australia Pty Ltd and IDE Technologies, to identify the best and most financially viable solution for the Project.
Aqua Ferre and Harvey Water have already invested significant time and money to develop a viable solution that will involve an estimated $300–400 million investment over 5–7 years to implement. This initial funding from the State and Federal Governments via the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is an important step in progressing the Project.
Collie Water has worked with a range of stakeholders which are committed to seeing the Project delivered after many failed attempts to come up with a solution to the Wellington Dam's salinity issues.
Collie Water and Aqua Ferre Chairman, Peter Fogarty, said: "The Project is an exciting one for the state that is expected to have long-term positive benefits for Collie, CRID farmers, the Myalup farmers and the state's food production. The State Government support, through its agencies, is critical to the success of the Project and we welcome this latest announcement and ongoing support from both the State and Federal Governments for the Project."