Essential Infrastructure and Services
Major projects in the Great Southern focused on essential infrastructure and services are listed below.
Katanning Hospital Upgrade: Katanning Hospital is being upgraded to include a new state-of-the-art emergency department, medical imaging department and new outpatient care facility. A new laundry and morgue will also be built. The project is funded through the Southern Inland Health Initiative. The major stages have been completed. Completion of the ward refurbishment, surgical services, kitchen roof and additional parking is expected in 2019.
Aged Care Facility: A 100-bed state-of-the-art residential aged care facility is being constructed in the Albany suburb of Lockyer. The new facility is combined with the newly constructed Beryl Grant Community Centre. Construction is under way and completion is planned for March 2019.
Albany Borefields: To meet the needs of seasonal water demands and a growing population, Water Corporation is constructing a series of new bores to service the Albany and Lower Great Southern Towns water supply scheme. All bores have a life-cycle and over time they need to be repaired or replaced due to ageing, clogging and deterioration. A number of locations have been identified in the Albany area for replacement bores. Some replacements are next to the existing bores, others are located a short distance away from the current network. Construction and equipping of the new bores will be finished by the end of 2018.
Regional Waste Management: The Shires of Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Gnowangerup and Ravensthorpe are constructing two regional landfill facilities serviced by upgraded or newly constructed transfer stations located within the participating shires. The project aims to rationalise the waste collection and disposal network, allowing the region to manage resources more effectively. The project received $3.1 million of Royalties for Regions funding. The Katanning and Ravensthorpe landfill sites and associated transfer stations are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Albany Gas Works Site Remediation: LandCorp has remediated the former Albany Gas Works and Cannery site to return it to productive use. LandCorp has submitted a Scheme Amendment to the City of Albany to increase the density of site to R60 (from the current R20), which was supported by the Council. Once the classification and scheme amendment processes are complete, LandCorp will release the land for sale. These processes are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Albany Wastewater Treatment Plant: Water Corporation is upgrading the Timewell Road wastewater treatment plant to increase its capacity. All of the treated wastewater from the plant is reused to irrigate a nearby tree farm. Work is under way and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Middleton Road Renewal: The City of Albany renewed 2.4km of road surface and replacing drainage pits and kerbing. Red asphalt cycle lanes and centre median with kerbed islands were also installed. Provision was made in the design for additional tree planting in the future. Construction started in January 2018 and was completed in June 2018.
Emu Point Marina Upgrade: The City of Albany is replacing the existing Emu Point boat pens with a floating pontoon system. Demolition of the existing marina is under way and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
More details of these projects, including contacts, can be found on the Major Projects register.