Power & Water Bills To Go Up Again

Pressure for households to pay their utility bills is set to worsen as electricity and water prices are expected to increase in the State budget’s forward estimates. This comes after the Labor Government’s recent utilities of 10.9%. There is an 8.8% gap between what consumers are paying and the cost to the state in generating…

Aerial Survey to Develop Knowledge of Water Resources For Peel Project

The State Government will build a knowledge of groundwater systems to develop potential water resources for its Transform Peel project through an aerial geophysical survey. An airborne electromagnetic survey will begin on Wednesday to assess the quality of the groundwater and model potential impacts of future groundwater abstraction on users and water dependent ecosystems. “This…

McGowan Demands Answers Over School Water Lead

Mark McGowan has called for answers over incomplete lead testing at new WA schools, claiming the bureaucrats responsible “deserve a good kick up the pants”. The premier said Education Minister Sue Ellery and Director General of Education Sharyn O’Neill had his full support over the issue but responsibility had to be assigned elsewhere after assurances…

Liberal Senators Endorse WA Government Shark Deterrent Subsidy

The WA Government’s shark mitigation and deterrent measures have been approved by the Federal Government, after a senate inquiry recommended other states to adopt the McGowan Government’s shark deterrent subsidy. A bipartisan committee tabled a report in Federal Parliament on Tuesday endorsing the state government’s subsidy, which undertook non-lethal measures to prevent shark attacks. The…

3D Virtual Reality to Eliminate Water Infrastructure Flaws

3D virtual reality technology could be the saviour of water infrastructure design flaws, with the Water Corporation implementing the technology to eliminate potential safety issues during the design process. The technology will simulate how water and wastewater infrastructure will function before being built to improve engineering. “This is a big step forward in the way…

Massive New Water Tank for Ellenbrook to Create Jobs

Work has begun on a massive 80-million litre water tank that will help provide water to the North-eastern metropolitan corridor. The new tank will be the largest ever built by the Water Corporation and will provide more consistent water pressure to Ellenbrook residents. City of Swan Councillor Kevin Bailey said that he was happy to…

Water Recycling Improvements to Boost Bridgetown Growth and Environment

Western Australian Government improvements to wastewater recycling in Bridgetown are set to bring benefits to the town’s water-wise consciousness. Two projects are under way to improve irrigation and sewerage to cater for future growth and help the environment. Work to upgrade the Bridgetown Wastewater Treatment Plant began in May, to treat the town’s wastewater to…

New Measures to Keep Families Safe in Our Waters

The WA Government has announced three new initiatives to keep swimmers safe from shark attacks. A new Beach Emergency Numbering system has been developed to improve emergency response times. Local councils in metropolitan areas will have access to grants of up to $25,000 to implement the system and regional councils will have access to grants…

Children’s Hospital completed, lead concerns remain

By Christopher May The State Government has announced that construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital is complete, however that lead contamination remains in parts of the water supply. Health Minister Roger Cook was quick to lay blame on the former Barnett Government’s management of the new hospital.  “We have repeatedly stated there are no…