Brookfield Multiplex completed its construction on the $300 million plant in WA’s first public private partnership between State Government owned Water Corp. and the Helena Water consortium.
Helena Water, comprising the Royal Bank of Scotland, Acciona Agua, United Utilities and Brookfield Multiplex, designed, financed and constructed the plant and will operate it for the next 35 years.
The facility, which pumps 165 millilitres per day, is expandable to 240 millilitres per day when required.
Mr Jones, who was part of a community reference group on the project in 2009 initiated to provide advice and achieve the best outcomes for residents and visitors, said restorative work and landscaping still needed to be done at the site.
‘We were asked to provide information and guidelines for the project,’ Mr Jones said.
‘They totally ignored us and the Shire of Mundaring. They just did what they wanted and now we have an industrial looking site.
‘I believe there is still some work to be done ” the plant needs landscaping and trees need to be planted for screening.’
Mr Jones said there were still some residents who were dissatisfied with the location and design of the plant but most people conceded it was necessary.
Chris Palandri, regional managing director at Brookfield Multiplex, said the project had taken two years to complete.
‘More than 450 people were employed during construction of this major water asset, including 35 subcontractors, 54 suppliers and 49 project managers,’ Mr Palandri said.
‘It is a significant and complex piece of infrastructure, which has been carefully designed and constructed to meet the needs of the Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions now and into the future.’
The Mundaring Water Treatment Plant will deliver water to the 100,000 people supplied by Water Corp’s Goldfields pipeline. It is the largest series of upgrades to the historic Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme since its construction in 1903.
Along with the station, the new facility includes large diameter pipework, control and administration buildings, security, stormwater storage and bushfire deluge systems.