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Recognised for its unique natural environment the Mid West offers long stretches of coastline with limestone cliffs, scenic sand plains, and beautiful seasonal wildflowers. The region is one of only 5 areas in the world recognised nationally and internationally for its biodiversity.

Gascoyne is almost entirely dependent on groundwater resources. Access to reliable water resources plays a key role in sustaining and developing the vibrant local economy. Groundwater also sustains rivers, wetlands and bushland of social, cultural and ecological significance.

The Carnarvon horticultural industry is a major part of the local economy and is reliant on intermittent flows in the Lower Gascoyne River to recharge local aquifers. As the need for water is increasing, with water demand in the Mid West potentially doubling within the next 30 years water allocation planning in the Mid West Gascoyne is focused on groundwater and maintaining a reliable water resource that can support economic growth and development.

In the Mid West it is predicted average temperatures will increase across all seasons, with more hot days and warm spells also predicted. While changes to summer rainfall are a little uncertain, decreases in winter rainfall is highly likely, threatening the ongoing sustainability of our groundwater sources.

Increased intensity of extreme rainfall events is expected, along with sea levels, which will see extreme sea-level events such as the erosion of the coastline.

Did you know?

Approximately 32% of all treated wastewater in the Mid West region is recycled. All of the treated wastewater from the Exmouth, Carnarvon, Kalbarri and Dongara is supplied to parks, gardens and ovals.

Further opportunities for increasing re-use of treated wastewater exist in the Narngulu area.

We’re continuing to work closely with communities and stakeholders in the Mid West to achieve sustainable water practices.

Water saving programs

Just like other regions in WA, we work with communities and businesses throughout the Mid West to reduce water use through a range of programs including the Waterwise Business Program, Waterwise Towns Program and Waterwise Councils Program.

We can all all help

We can all take action to fight climate change and reduce our water use. Find out what you can do to save water starting today.