About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes Grass each year, which is then processed into hay and sold for stock feed to local cattle stations.
Proceeds made from the sale of the hay is being used to run the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme. The grants scheme is being delivered by Water Corporation and the Lions Club of Broome to support and empower people and communities in the West Kimberley.
Five community projects that support education, culture, the environment, health and tackling drug and alcohol abuse have been successful in receiving funding in round one of the program. See Round one recipients.
Recycled water from our Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant is also being used to establish a native tree seed bank, a joint project with Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation, with the first stage of this innovative project now complete.
The native tree seed bank project provides people with the opportunity to learn to install and operate irrigation systems, operate small machinery, establish native plants through propagation and planting and learn weed management practices.
Over 17 hectares of land near the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant will be used to grow native trees to provide seeds for land restoration programs in the area, and to preserve endemic plants that are at risk of becoming endangered.