Supporting a sustainable and water-secure Western Australia

The WA State Government is backing a sustainable Western Australia through its 2024-25 Budget, with an eye to a more water-secure future.

The WA State Government is backing a sustainable Western Australia through its 2024-25 Budget, with an eye to a more water-secure future.

It commits an additional $320 million to upgrade vital water infrastructure across the State, to unlock development and secure Western Australia’s water supply.

This funding includes an additional $80 million investment in vital water and wastewater pipeline renewals across the State. Water security will also receive a $97 million boost, particularly in our regions. That includes an additional $25 million for the Onslow Town Water Supply. Part of that will be the construction of a Desalination Plant, which will provide 1.5 million litres of clean drinking water per day to the Pilbara.

The funding includes $39.1 million to support Burrup Seawater Supply Scheme upgrades.

Future upgrades to the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme are being prioritised under an initial $15 million commitment to undertake critical planning and design work, supporting long-term economic development in the Goldfields and Wheatbelt.

These investments follow the WA State Government’s $2.8 billion investment in building the Alkimos Desalination Plant, which will help secure the water supply for decades.

As part of broader economic efforts, the Government will invest $1.8 billion to diversify and long-term-set up WA’s economy. This will be achieved through investments in strategic industrial areas, ports and roads, tourism infrastructure, slashing business red tape, reforming the approvals system, and investing in water and power infrastructure to position WA as a global clean energy powerhouse.

The Government’s commitment to strong environmental protections and WA’s water security will be bolstered by a $536 million new investment in the 2024-25 State Budget, with regional initiatives including:

  • $67.2 million to continue implementation of the 2024-2033 Forest Management Plan, creating new jobs following the ending of commercial logging of native forests;
  • $67.2 million to expand WA’s conservation estate as part of the Plan for Our Parks, with significant investment to support the South Coast Marine Park and Fortescue Marsh Nature Reserve; and
  • $97.1 million to upgrade vital regional water infrastructure across the State, boosting WA’s water security for the future.

As part of its ongoing commitment to keeping power and water affordable in the regions and the city, the Government will spend $3 billion over the next four years to subsidise utilities for regional residents.

Comments attributed to Water Minister Simone McGurk:

“We know we live in a drying climate, and that is why we’re investing in innovative solutions to help future-proof our water supply for the next generation.

“Building up water security infrastructure to address climate change is a State Government priority, and this budget reflects our commitment to ensure our drinking water supplies and water resources are protected into the future.”

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