The Goldfields Pipeline is over 115 years old and some sections need upgrading or replacing to ensure safe water supply. As the pipeline holds significant historical and cultural value, our aim is to implement a strategy that assures the safe operation of the pipeline, while protecting its heritage value.
The pipeline is on the National Heritage List, which means once sections have been upgraded, removal of older sections requires referral to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (DEE) for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act Cth).
We’re seeking the ability under the EPBC Act to remove and repurpose the above ground pipe as it’s replaced over the next 50 years.
How can I provide feedback?
Our proposal is now open for public comment as part of the EPBC Act referral process. You can read our proposal and find out how to make a submission on the Department of the Environment and Energy website. The public comment period closes on 6 February 2020.
Our proposal has also been informed by previous community consultation. This helped us prioritise areas of significance along the pipeline for preservation and brainstorm ideas on how to use old pieces of the pipe for the enjoyment of the community. Please read the Community Consultation Report on the Goldfields pipeline replacement for more information.
Where is this happening?
The pipeline travels through around 10 local government areas from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The interactive map below shows the age of various sections of the pipe and whether they are currently installed above or below ground. Click on the map to navigate. For more information, use the map legend below or click the toggle button .
| Original pipe 1901
Pipeline replaced 1935
Pipe replaced after 1935
| Above ground
Why is this work taking place?
At 115 years old, the Goldfields Pipeline is showing its age through wear and tear. We’ll eventually need to upgrade and replace the whole pipeline with below-ground pipe to meet today’s performance, safety, security and cost requirements.
We can’t leave the non-operational pipe where it is as there’s a significant cost associated with maintaining any above-ground pipeline. Without regular maintenance, the non-operational pipeline could present safety risks to the public as it will rust and deteriorate over time. But, because the pipeline is heritage listed, we also can’t just remove it.
We value the heritage of the Golden Pipeline and recognise its importance to the community. So we are considering ways to complete our upgrades while preserving the pipe’s heritage value.
When is this happening?
Work to upgrade the pipe will happen progressively over the next 50 years and sections will be prioritised for replacement according to need. Our construction program is based on a 5 year outlook and the replacement is determined by the age and condition of the pipeline. At this stage, we plan to replace approximately 8-10 kilometres of pipeline per year at various locations over the length of the pipeline.
How will this impact the community?
The Golden Pipeline is part of WA’s history and holds a special place in the hearts of the community. That’s why we’ve been consulting with the community throughout this process. Over the initial consultation period, we saw strong support and ideas for the retention, repurposing and showcasing of the pipeline once it’s no longer in use. These will be investigated further as the project gets underway. Some of these ideas have already been explored, such as repurposing a section of the pipeline as a bar at the Perth International Arts Festival.
Who can I contact?
For more information please contact Sarah Bennett, Senior Advisor - Community Engagement via email firstname.lastname@example.org on or on (08) 9420 2587 (business hours).
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