West Australian Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Water Minister Terry Redman said the $118 million relocation of the Port Hedland wastewater treatment plant had started and would make way for 2,500 new residential houses in east Port Hedland.
“The Port Hedland wastewater treatment plant is located in an area with significant development potential,” Mr Grylls said.
“By redirecting wastewater to the South Hedland wastewater treatment plant we can close the Port Hedland plant and make this land, and the land within the associated buffer zone, available for development.”
Mr Redman said the work had begun to install a number of new pump stations and pipes.
“There will be a new pump station and transfer mains to send wastewater to South Hedland and a new pump station and pipeline to transfer treated wastewater back to Port Hedland for reuse,” he said.
The pipeline is planned to run along Wilson Road and Great Northern Highway. This may cause some disturbance to day-to-day activities during construction. The Water Corporation will advise commuters of the impact on traffic as the project progresses.
“The work on the pipeline will take about nine months to complete and I thank the community in advance for their patience while this important work is carried out,” Mr Redman said.
The relocation of the Port Hedland wastewater treatment plant is expected to be completed in 2014, allowing for development in the buffer zone to begin. The plant site will then be rehabilitated to allow for redevelopment by 2016.
Other upgrades to the town’s wastewater scheme include an upgrade to the South Hedland wastewater treatment plant and a wastewater recycling facility.