Southern Forest project launched
Released 06 Jul 2015
Bob Pessotto, Hon Mia Davies MLA, Hon Terry Redman MLA, Bevan Eatts and John Omodei pictured at the Southern Forest water futures launch.
The Warren-Donnelly region is set to benefit from the recent launch of the $3.6 million Southern Forests - water futures project, as part of the four-year, $40 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food Program.
The launch, held in April at Fonty's Fruit and Nut Farm in Manjimup, was attended by a range of local stakeholders, as well as Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development and Lands Minister, Terry Redman.
Speaking at the launch, Ms Davies said the project aimed to increase local water supply by 12 gigalitres a year using options such as integrated community dams and associated infrastructure
"The project will identify new water supply options and improve current water use efficiency to benefit local growers who currently have little or no water available for expansion," Ms Davies said.
Minister Davies also took the opportunity to announce the establishment of the Southern Forests Water Futures Advisory Group – who will provide technical support and operational advice to the project.
Membership of the group includes local grower representatives, the Southern Forests Food Council, South West Development Commission, Shire of Manjimup, the Department of Agriculture and Food and the Department of Water.
Addressing the audience at the event, chair of the new advisory group and Southern Forests Food Council Chairman Bevan Eatts said if growers put in an effort, the region would be among world leaders.
"This is the opportunity we have here, get involved, have your say and we can make this work and the outcomes will benefit everyone," he said.
"It benefits not just the farmers but the region as a whole."
Find out more about the Southern Forest water futures project.
Contact: Darren O'Malley
Phone: (08) 6364 7109 / 0438 025 942