Essential Infrastructure and Services
Major projects in the Great Southern focused on essential infrastructure and services are listed below.
Albany Wave Energy: Carnegie Clean Energy has been awarded a $15.75 million grant from the State Government as a contribution towards a wave energy technology project. The grant will be used to install a largescale wave energy converter device off the coast of Albany capable of producing 1MW of electrical power for export into the South West Interconnected System. The project will advance wave energy technology by establishing common user infrastructure, enabling other wave energy industry companies to test their technologies into the future.
Katanning Hospital Upgrade: WA Country Health is upgrading the Katanning Hospital to include a new state-of-the-art emergency department, medical imaging department and new outpatient care facility. A new laundry and morgue will also be built. The project is funded through the Southern Inland Health Initiative. Works are under way and are due for completion by mid-2018.
Albany Borefields: To meet the needs of seasonal water demands and a growing population, Water Corporation is constructing a series of new bores to service the Albany and Lower Great Southern Towns water supply scheme. All bores have a life-cycle and over time they need to be repaired or replaced due to ageing, clogging and deterioration .A number of locations have been identified in the Albany area for replacement bores. Some replacements are next to the existing bores, others are located a short distance away from the current network. Construction and equipping of the new bores will be finished by mid-2018.
Regional Waste Management: The Shires of Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Gnowangerup and Ravensthorpe are constructing two regional landfill facilities serviced by upgraded or newly constructed transfer stations located within the participating shires. The project aims to rationalise the waste collection and disposal network, allowing the region to manage resources more effectively. The project received $3.1 million of Royalties for Regions funding. The Katanning and Ravensthorpe landfill sites and associated transfer stations are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Albany Gas Works Site Remediation: LandCorp has remediated the former Albany Gas Works and Cannery site to return it to productive use. A contaminated site audit and rezoning are under way, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Albany Fire and Rescue Station: The Department of Fire and Emergency services is building a modern fit-for-purpose fire station on the corner of North Road and Bethel Way. The new facility will include dormitories, three appliance bays, a breathing apparatus servicing centre, gymnasium, study, a kitchen and dedicated training area. The $9 million facility was officially opened in May 2017.
Amelup Curves - Chester Pass Road: Main Roads WA is realigning and widening 4.5km of Chester Pass Road, upgrading Sandalwood Road and Routs Road intersections, and constructing bridges over Martaquin Creek and Ongerup Creek to reduce the severity of flood events and road closures. Work is under way to secure contracts to deliver the project and works are expected to start in December 2017.
Albany Wastewater Treatment Plant: Water Corporation is upgrading the Timewell Road wastewater treatment plant to increase its capacity. All of the treated wastewater from the plant is reused to irrigate a nearby tree farm. Work is under way and is expected to be completed mid-2018.
More details of these projects, including contacts, can be found on the Major Projects register.