Recycled water will be used to grow native trees in a collaborative project between Water Corporation and Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation in Broome.

Over 17 hectares of land near the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant will be used as part of the innovative trial to grow native trees to provide seeds for land restoration programs in the area.

Water Corporation North West Regional Manager Rino Trolio said the trial was an exciting opportunity to expand the uses of treated wastewater for irrigation.

“This is the first time Water Corporation has trialled the use of recycled water to grow native trees, and we are pleased to be working with Mamabulanjin on a project that redefines how recycled water can be used,” Mr Trolio said.

Mr Trolio said a number of Broome’s public open spaces and the golf course were irrigated with recycled water, which provided a sustainable and safe alternative to using drinking water.

CEO of Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation Neil Gower, said the native trees would be used to revegetate the area and provide people with valuable skills and experience to improve their career opportunities.

“Mamabulanjin has a strong background in native horticulture and building the capacity of Aboriginal traditional owners to care for country through local provenance seed collection and propagation.”

“Stage One of the project is supported by the Federal Government’s Green Army program and will be delivered by Mamabulanjin in partnership with CoAct,” Mr Gower said.

Around 800 native trees are expected to be established in the first stage of the project, starting in March 2016, with up to 12,000 trees in total to be planted by the end of next wet season. 

 FACT FILE:

  • Water Corporation also uses treated wastewater from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant to irrigate Rhodes grass, which is harvested for stock feed.
  • In this new project, Mamabulanjin will plant native species of trees to harvest seedlings as part of a land restoration program.
  • The project will benefit the local community by providing employment and valuable agricultural skills and training opportunities to improve job prospects.  

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