Goldfields Pipeline upgrade

The Goldfields Pipeline is over 115 years old. Completed in 1903, it spans over 560 kilometres between Mundaring and Kalgoorlie. As you can imagine with infrastructure this age, some sections require upgrades to ensure water supply integrity.

The pipeline is included on the National Heritage List, which means once sections have been upgraded, the removal of older sections requires referral to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (DEE) for potential assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act Cth).

What are we seeking?

We are seeking the ability under the EPBC Act to remove and recycle the above ground pipe as it is progressively replaced over the next 50 years. You can view a detailed interactive map showing the above ground pipe locations via our Goldfields Pipe Upgrade project page.

We have sought community input to prioritise areas of significance along the pipeline for possible preservation in-situ and how to use old pieces that are removed for the enjoyment of future generations.

Our aim is to demonstrate a practical strategy that recognises the operational nature of the pipeline and ensures the protection of its heritage value.

How can you get involved?

Our comment period has now closed and we will share the results shortly. The feedback we obtained may be included in documentation we submit to regulators as part of the approval processes.

Although the comment period has now closed, we can still answer your questions. If you have any questions about this project please email community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au or ask a question via the Q & A section below.

How will community input be used?

Over the consultation period, we saw a strong support for the retention, repurposing and showcasing of the pipeline once it is no longer in use. Responses included some ideas that would help us celebrate the history of the pipe; These will be investigated further as the project gets underway.

Feedback may be included in documentation we submit to regulators as part of the approval processes.

The Goldfields Pipeline is over 115 years old. Completed in 1903, it spans over 560 kilometres between Mundaring and Kalgoorlie. As you can imagine with infrastructure this age, some sections require upgrades to ensure water supply integrity.

The pipeline is included on the National Heritage List, which means once sections have been upgraded, the removal of older sections requires referral to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (DEE) for potential assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act Cth).

What are we seeking?

We are seeking the ability under the EPBC Act to remove and recycle the above ground pipe as it is progressively replaced over the next 50 years. You can view a detailed interactive map showing the above ground pipe locations via our Goldfields Pipe Upgrade project page.

We have sought community input to prioritise areas of significance along the pipeline for possible preservation in-situ and how to use old pieces that are removed for the enjoyment of future generations.

Our aim is to demonstrate a practical strategy that recognises the operational nature of the pipeline and ensures the protection of its heritage value.

How can you get involved?

Our comment period has now closed and we will share the results shortly. The feedback we obtained may be included in documentation we submit to regulators as part of the approval processes.

Although the comment period has now closed, we can still answer your questions. If you have any questions about this project please email community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au or ask a question via the Q & A section below.

How will community input be used?

Over the consultation period, we saw a strong support for the retention, repurposing and showcasing of the pipeline once it is no longer in use. Responses included some ideas that would help us celebrate the history of the pipe; These will be investigated further as the project gets underway.

Feedback may be included in documentation we submit to regulators as part of the approval processes.

Q&A

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  • Which parts of the pipeline do you refer to? Are there diagrams, maps and/or photos available?

    Ted asked 8 months ago

    Hi Ted, thanks for your question.

    The approval we are seeking under the EPBC Act is to be able to remove and recycle above ground pipe along the pipeline route as it is progressively replaced over the next 50 years. Sections will be prioritised for replacement according to need (ie the age of the pipe and/or number of recent leaks and bursts, etc). 

    There is an interactive map of the pipeline available here on our website.

    I hope this is helpful ~ Sarah