Southern Seawater Desalination Plant

The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant is located in Binningup and is the second desalination plant supplying water to Perth.

The plant was designed to be constructed in two stages – both capable of producing 50 billion litres of water a year.

The second stage doubled the plant's capacity to 100 billion litres. With the output of the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, almost half of Perth’s water needs are supplied by desalination.

Major upgrades were made to the southern section of the Integrated Water Supply Scheme to deliver the water into the system and on to customers. This included additional pipelines and construction of a new pumping station.

Renewable energy

We purchase the entire output of a wind farm and solar farm near Geraldton to help offset the plant’s energy usage.

Community involvement

As a result of the extensive community consultation undertaken, a sustainable, environmentally friendly project was  developed.

In consultation with the Community Reference Group, two important documents were developed to ensure the tranquility of the nearby community was maintained – a register detailing the commitments made to the community throughout various meetings; and a social impact management plan that looked closer at the potential construction and operational impacts and mitigation measures.

Commitments register

Social Impact Management Plan

We record all community complaints and ensure each is acknowledged within 48 hours, with a status update of efforts within 7 days.

When a complaint has not been fully resolved within seven days, the Communications Officer will continue to liaise with the complainant.

 Date Category Number Resolved Regulations breached
July 2009
Noise  1 Yes No
August 2009
Noise  3 Yes No
September 2009
Noise  1 Yes No
  Water flow
 1 Ongoing Investigation
October 2009
Visual  1 Yes No
March 2010
W/force conduct
 1 Yes n/a
May 2010
Noise  1 Yes No
June 2010
Noise & light
 3 Yes No
July 2010
Noise & light   Yes No
August 2012
Water flow
  Yes No
October 2010
Dust   Yes No
November 2010
Marine   Yes n/a
April 2011
Noise   Yes No
February 2013 Dust Yes No
April 2013 Light and visual   Yes  No

A Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established to enhance communications between our project team and the communities of Binningup and Myalup.

The CRG meets regularly and acts as a forum for community concerns to be discussed and for solutions to be developed.

Local community members are encouraged to speak to their community representatives on the CRG, who can bring their concerns to the meeting.

We thank the following members for giving up their time to represent the community:

Name Organisation Phone Email
Bruce Jones Myalup community member  9720 1087 brucelea@westnet.com.au
Errol Harwood Myalup community member 9258 7012 jkbs@iinet.net.au
Kurt Zink Myalup Community Association 0419 048 997 rimtide2@bigpond.com
Michael Parker Shire of Harvey 9729 0300 shire@harvey.wa.gov.au
John Cooling Binningup Senior Citizens 9720 1014 jmcooling@bigpond.com
Julie Doyle Binningup Surf Life Saving Club 0427 201 138 binningupslsc@hotmail.com
Ken Brindley Binningup Bowling Club 9720 2034 kenncath@bigpond.com
Cr Tania Jackson Shire of Harvey 0417 957 405 Taniajack@bigpond.com

Community Reference Group – Terms of Reference

Community Reference Group meeting minutes – December 2014

Community Reference Group meeting minutes – December 2015

Reports

Copies of our recent annual performance compliance reports and marine monitoring reports are available here. Earlier reports have been archived and are available on request. Copies of report appendices and earlier reports can be made available by contacting environment@watercorporation.com.au.