The Pinjarra Black Waste Dump Point located in Pinjarra-Williams Road has been reopened.
The dump point was closed earlier this year for the purposes of connecting the Pinjarra Rail Precinct to the Reticulated Sewer Main.
“The Pinjarra dump point is one of several similar facilities located in strategic locations throughout the State.
“It allows self-drive holiday makers to dispose of their effluent in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Chief Executive Officer Dean Unsworth.
Facilities within the Pinjarra Rail Precinct were previously serviced by an onsite effluent disposal system which serviced the Rail Heritage Building, a public ablution block, the caravan dump point and the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway buildings.
The Pinjarra Community Garden is also proposed to be established in the southern portion of the precinct.
“The maintenance of the existing onsite effluent disposal had become a financial burden on the Shire.
“Significant ongoing maintenance and monitoring was required due to the volume of effluent and the nature of the effluent chemicals being disposed of through the dump point,” said Mr Unsworth.
As part of the development of the project plans consultation was undertaken with key stakeholder groups including Alcoa of Australia, Department of Environment Regulation, Main Roads WA, Optus, owners of the Premier Hotel, Public Transport Authority, State Heritage Office, Telstra and Western Power.
In June the tender for the completion of the extension was awarded to Pipeline Technics.
“The facilities within the precinct contribute toward the attractiveness of the Shire to tourists.
“The removal of the existing onsite effluent disposal system and the connection of the precinct to sewer result in a reduction of the nutrient load discharged into the region’s precious waterways and allow for unrestricted use of the reserve,” said Mr Unsworth.
This project was an initiative of the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan, which is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program to improve caravan and camping experiences in WA.
The plan is implemented by Tourism WA, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Main Roads WA, the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Department of Regional Development.
Financial support was provided through the Shire of Murray’s 2014/15 operating budget.