Broome nutrient management

We are taking action to address concerns around nutrient levels in Roebuck Bay.

Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

The Broome South WWTP sits on the southern coastline of the Broome Peninsula.

Outbreaks of Lyngbya Blooms (Blue Green algae) have been recorded in Roebuck Bay and are thought to be linked to nutrient levels in the waterway.

There are many sources of nutrients along the Broome peninsula that could contribute to Roebuck Bay, including; stormwater runoff, farming, agriculture and septic tanks.

Existing data cannot determine if nutrients are reaching Roebuck Bay via groundwater from the Broome South WWTP, but we are taking steps to reduce the likelihood of this happening.

These steps include:

  • fast tracking a project to reline a pond to contain wastewater at the Broome South WWTP
  • significantly reducing inflows to the Broome South WWTP by modifying Broome’s wastewater system
  • undertaking environmental investigations, as required by the Department of Environment Regulation, and overseen by an independent auditor.

Department of Environment Regulation site classification

The Department of Environment Regulation classified the Broome South WWTP site as contaminated due to elevated levels of nutrients in the groundwater beneath the site, extending towards the Broome golf course.

We provide recycled water to the Broome golf course to irrigate its greens, saving precious drinking water. This site is classified as possibly contaminated.

The Department of Environment Regulation’s classification does not mean that the Broome South WWTP contributes wastewater or nutrients to Roebuck Bay, but it is a matter we are investigating and taking very seriously.

More information

Please contact Sandy Hooft, Regional Engagement and Communications Officer North West, on or (08) 9186 8266.

We thank the community members who have attended previous information sessions in Broome. The next session is planned for mid-2017.

Please complete the online form to receive updates on our work in Broome and invitations to future information sessions.