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Broome infrastructure upgrade helmed by Aboriginal-owned business

Aboriginal-owned business Kimberley Civil and Drainage has been appointed to start work on an 11 km wastewater pipeline as part of a water and wastewater infrastructure upgrade in Broome.

Western Australia Water Minister Dave Kelly announced the start of the upgrade, saying that the project will help to protect the local environment while creating a reliable supply of non-potable water. 

"It's fantastic to see a local business delivering a project that will help cement Broome as one of Australia's most iconic tourist destinations,” he said. 

"Importantly, this project will ensure greater environmental protection of Roebuck Bay while also delivering a reliable supply of non-potable water that will provide significant public amenity.”

Aside from the pipeline works, the project also includes upgrades to Water Corporation's Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility, and an overhaul of the town's irrigation scheme.

Further, the works will facilitate the closure of the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, helping ensure better environmental outcomes for the iconic Roebuck Bay.

Local attraction

"Roebuck Bay is a pristine, natural attraction which is popular among locals and tourists and holds high environmental significance,” said Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna.

"With construction underway, we are one step closer towards ensuring the protection of this iconic area and continued delivery of water and wastewater services for Broome's growing community."

Using new and repurposed infrastructure, the scheme will deliver non-potable water to 43.5 hectares of green space across Broome, including school ovals, playing fields and sporting facilities.   

In 2020–21, Water Corporation awarded $14.1 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses across Western Australia.