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Wheatbelt locals benefit from water supply upgrades

  • Local and Aboriginal-owned businesses employed for State Government pipe replacement projects in the Wheatbelt
  • Pipeline repair work ahead of schedule as part of three-year, $32 million farmlands water supply improvement project 

Wheatbelt businesses continue to benefit from the State Government's commitment to employ local contractors as part of the $32 million farmlands water supply improvement project.

Water Minister Mia Davies said it was great to see local expertise involved with the Water Corporation project.

"Eight of the first 10 pipeline replacement contracts were awarded to local Wheatbelt businesses, which is a great outcome for the businesses and the community," Ms Davies said.

"The other two were awarded to a joint venture, including an Aboriginal-owned business with operations in the Wheatbelt.

"These 10 projects will replace about 15 kilometres of pipeline and will be completed around mid-2016.

"It is pleasing to see this level of local involvement and I am confident this will continue for the remainder of this project over the next three years.

"To date, all successful bidders employ Aboriginal workers, providing an opportunity to promote their involvement, participation and employment in the industry and hopefully encourage others to follow."

The Minister said there were another 10 pipeline replacement projects being designed, with invitations to tender to be advertised by the corporation in coming months.

"I encourage all local businesses to continue to investigate opportunities and work together to bid on projects," she said.

Work is ahead of schedule to repair a total of 7,500 pipeline joints as part of the project, with more than 3,000 joints expected to be completed by the end of June 2016.

For more information about the project and upcoming work, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/farmlands

Fact File

  • Three-year, $32 million farmlands water supply improvement project will replace 64km of pipeline and repair 7,500 pipeline joints
  • Communities in the agricultural east and west districts of the Wheatbelt are served by more than 7,800km of farmlands water supply pipelines