Move to drilling works first stage of WN Project

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton director of planning and development services Paul Needham. Photo: Catherine Massey
Camera IconCity of Busselton director of planning and development services Paul Needham. Photo: Catherine Massey

The Drilling of Quindalup’s Mewett Road bore will be whipped into action “as soon as possible” as part of the City’s expansion plan for Dunsborough’s non-potable Water Network Project.

Successful applicant water well drilling company Welldrill was selected for the tender at last week’s council meeting.

The drilling will be the first stage of the project, five years in the making, and is estimated to cost about $2.5 million, $1m of which has been committed by the Federal Government.

City of Busselton planning and development officer Paul Needham said the initial use of the bore would be for the ovals of the planned Dunsborough Lake Sporting Precinct.

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“Groundwater is harder to access in Dunsborough than in most of the rest of the City of Busselton, and a need to bring water into the town for use on ovals and other green space was identified several years ago,” he said.

Limited allocation of available groundwater in Dunsborough is causing a lack of 25 megalitres each year, which is expected to rise more than 20-fold by 2060.

“The same challenges do not exist with drinking water, as a pipeline linking the Busselton and Dunsborough water networks was built several years ago,” Mr Needham said.

“If the project is successful, it will provide a sustainable water supply for ovals and other green space in Dunsborough for many decades into the future,” he said.

The Water Corporation, the City of Busselton, and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation identified the issue as part of a joint project started in 2014, and determined a need to find a sustainable non-potable water supply for the town.

Dunsborough Football Club president Richard Lambert said he hoped the City had a long-term view on the project.

“I am delighted that the shire has been able to find this water source to aid in offering the best-quality playing surface for soccer and I just hope that the facilities that they provide us with will meet the needs not just of now but of the future,” he said.

Water will be pumped from the Sue Coal Measures aquifer, which has been selected as the best option for the irrigation of parks, sporting ovals and other green spaces.

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