Western Australia Minister for Water Graham Jacobs
Water Minister Unveils $47 Million Upgrade Of Stirling Dam
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Water Graham Jacobs today marked the completion of a two-year project to bring one of the State’s major dams into line with today’s engineering standards.
Dr. Jacobs said upgrading of the 60-year-old, 57 Billion litre Stirling Dam formed part of the Government’s ongoing State-wide dam safety and maintenance program.
“Western Australia’s dams and water infrastructure are some of our most important assets. This project forms part of a comprehensive suite of works which ensure WA’s dams remain operational, protect downstream environments and communities, and create employment.”
“The project involved modifying the dam’s 52-Metre-high earth embankment and widening its spillway, making it capable of withstanding the highest rainfall event that hydrologists predict can occur in the area.”
The Minister said the project was estimated to have contributed up to $5 Million to the South-West community through the use of local contractors, labourers and materials.
Dr. Jacobs praised the Water Corporation and Irrigation Co-operative Harvey Water for working together throughout the project to maintain normal services to scheme water and the region’s multi-million dollar irrigation industry.
The Minister said the Water Corporation and Department of Environment and Conservation would establish suitable community facilities downstream of the reservoir and expected the site to be reopened to the public during the coming weeks.
The State Government had also started a $40 Million upgrade of the nearby Wellington Dam to bring it in line with today’s engineering standards.