Proposed Works to the Golden Pipeline – Mundaring to Kalgoorlie
Water Corporation is seeking community feedback on proposed works to the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, also known as the Golden Pipeline.
The Scheme, which is over 115 years old, has been included on the National Heritage List since 2011. This means it is protected under the Commonwealth Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Parts of the scheme are also included on the State Register of Heritage Places and various local government heritage lists and inventories.
To ensure ongoing security and reliability of the water supply, sections of the pipe have been upgraded and replaced over the years. Once a section of new underground pipe has been installed, the redundant aboveground pipeline has historically been repurposed or recycled. Community feedback is sought in relation to sections of aboveground pipeline that are no longer required. We are particularly interested in identifying areas of the pipeline that may be of significance to the community that could be potentially retained in-situ or utilised in other ways that respect the pipeline’s historic significance.
Please note, the work planned is to the main pipeline only and not to the other elements of the Nationally Listed scheme, such as the historic steam pumping stations or Mundaring Weir. Despite its age, much of the pipeline remains in good condition and therefore works will occur incrementally over the next 50 plus year period.
Community responses will inform referrals to the Department of Environment and Energy (DEE) and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) pursuant to the requirements of the EPBC Act and Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. These referrals will also be developed in consultation with the National Trust and all local government authorities along the pipeline. All submissions must be received by no later than close of business 30 November 2018.