Dealing with Water Shortages

Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2024 at 10:33:39 AM

Last week Councillor Tony Pratico, Shire President Jenny Mountford and Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Gibbs attended the crisis meeting held at Yornup Hall and listened to the concerns of the farmers in attendance. 

We are keenly aware of the impact the recording breaking dry season we are experiencing has had on the Community of Bridgetown-Greenbushes. 

In addition to concerns for how farmers will be able to feed and water stock many non-farming community members are also currently struggling with water supply issues.

What we are doing to help

The Shire has made the shower facilities at the Bridgetown Leisure Centre available to those in need.

Monday 8:30am to 6:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am to 8.00pm
Wednesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
Thursday 8:30am to 8:00pm
Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday 8.30 to 10.00am 

The Greenbushes Sportsground showers have also been opened and will remain open until further notice.

Neighbouring Shire Boyup Brook has implemented a program to provide non-potable water at a subsidised cost to assist farmers.

This water is being sourced through a disused reservoir owned by Water Corp. Unfortunately we do not have a similar water source to be able to offer the same opportunity within our Shire. 
We are currently in discussion with the Water Corp and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) to discuss alternative arrangements and what support may be offered.
We will keep you updated as solutions arise. 

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