Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New renewable energy plant complete for remote community

Media Release

JM050/2018

19 March 2018

Joint release with:

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack
Assistant Minister for the Environment

  • New solar water treatment plant opens today in the Five Mile Community, WA
  • The plant will provide access to safe water and reliable electricity
  • The Coalition Government invested $545,700 in the project

A major renewable energy project funded through the Coalition Government's Building Better Regions Fund is now providing the Mingullatharndo Aboriginal community near Roebourne, Western Australia, with clean water and more reliable electricity supplies.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the new off-grid solar water treatment plant will deliver Australian-Standard quality drinking water as well as water for irrigation and waste treatment facilities.

“This project involved purchasing and installing a 100-kilowatt, ground-mounted PV solar system with battery storage, as well as smart diesel generator technology capable of using 60 per cent less fuel than conventional generators,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project created five jobs during its construction phase as well as 10 ongoing positions all of which, we're proud to say, have been filled by Indigenous workers.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the solar power facility and water filtration unit will provide 80 per cent of the community's power needs and 100 per cent of its potable water supply.

“The plant provides the around 50 people living in the Mingullatharndo with flow-on benefits including additional direct and indirect employment opportunities,” Ms Price said.

“The solar water treatment plant will also contribute to improving the overall health of the community and removes the need to drive 10 kilometres a day to Roebourne to collect fresh, clean potable water.”

The Coalition Government invested $545,700 in the project with the Unity of First People of Australia providing $181,900.