REGIONAL Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls tohas signed off on a contract for the replacement of the Gascoyne Irrigation Pipeline.
The contract between Gascoyne Water Co-operative Limited (GWCL) and Pipe Fusions Australia (PFA) would see the construction of a new pipeline asset capable of delivering water to achieve intensive agriculture development in the Carnarvon horticulture district.
Mr Grylls said the new pipeline, which would receive up to $7.4million in State Government Royalties for Regions funding, would be a catalyst for increased production leading to major economic and social benefits to the Gascoyne region.
“The Carnarvon horticultural area plays a critical role in Western Australia’s fruit and vegetable production - generating an annual $81million average of produce - and this upgrade will ensure future development,” he said.
Water Minister Bill Marmion said the pipeline would create a system with the capacity to facilitate reliable water supplies to growers.
“This will allow for future incremental expansion of the production area though infill, prolongation of blocks and potentially the development of new areas,” Mr Marmion said.
“The pipeline will be able to provide irrigation across the entire 1,200ha Carnarvon horticulture precinct and be capable of servicing a proposed 400ha expansion.”
The Department of Water is the primary co-ordinating agency for the project.
Works on the pipeline are expected to begin in May 2011.