The design, construction and management of the new Water Treatment Plant and Pump Station C will involve a contract between us and a private party, Helena Water. This is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the WA water industry whereby the PPP will provide a service to us.
We looked at various criteria when choosing a PPP. This included operations, water treatment solutions, environmental management strategies, and a proven commitment to maintaining a co-operative and responsive relationship with the community.
Helena Water was announced as the preferred proponent on 21 February 2011 and was awarded the contract at the end of July. It was short listed amongst seven consortia. The seven potentials were narrowed down to two whom entered a Request for Proposal (RFP) phase in July 2010 where they were given six months to submit a proposal outlining their plans. It was based on this RFP that Helena Water was chosen.
During the site selection process for the Mundaring Water Treatment Plant, we committed to the establishment of a water interpretive facility in Mundaring. With Mundaring stakeholder input this facility has progressed into an Interpretation Precinct. The objective is to enhance the Mundaring Weir area as a visitor destination through interpreting the story of water and the theme WA was settled and developed as a result of innovative engineering, ingenuity and brave decision makers.
Such is the legacy of Mundaring Weir. The intention is to celebrate this theme by enhancing and linking existing attractions, providing a cohesive experience for visitors to the Weir Precinct.
To achieve this, two precinct hubs will be developed. These hubs form the major sites where visitors are invited to explore and learn further while picnicking with family and friends.
Connected to the hubs are trails enhanced with interpretive nodes. Different stories related to the Weir will be explored at each node through the use of attractive signage, art works, salvaged artefacts and public amenities.
To guide and orient visitors, gateways and entry statements will be developed that speak to the community's values. Overall improvements will be made to landscaping, public facilities, disability access, and parking.