Denmark Pipeline

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To secure Denmark's water supply, we are building a 43km pipeline to connect Denmark to our Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

Use this page to receive project updates, ask a question in our Ask Us section or view the pipeline route.

Visit our website for information on our water efficiency offers and other plans for Denmark's water supply.

To secure Denmark's water supply, we are building a 43km pipeline to connect Denmark to our Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

Use this page to receive project updates, ask a question in our Ask Us section or view the pipeline route.

Visit our website for information on our water efficiency offers and other plans for Denmark's water supply.

  • Pipework installation complete

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    43 kilometres of pipework has now been installed to transfer water from the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS) to Denmark.

    We’d like to thank the local community for their support as we complete final testing, commissioning and reinstatement work.

    The new pipeline will allow Denmark’s supply of drinking water to be alternated between LGSTWSS and Quickup Dam throughout the year.

    As the Quickup Dam level is currently high, Denmark will continue to receive drinking water from the dam for the coming months, as testing on the pipeline is completed.

  • Work on Denmark-Mt Barker Road in January 2021

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    Denmark-Mt Barker Road is now reopened to two lane traffic for the festive season.

    Crews intend to return to the area from Monday 4 January 2021 to install the last 500 metres of pipeline and related infrastructure. This will involve one lane traffic along some sections of Denmark-Mt Barker Road near Settlers Road.

    Work will be underway 7 days a week, from 7am – 6pm until mid February 2021.

    We thank local residents for their patience as we complete this essential work.

  • Kernutts Road intersection reopened

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    Access to Kernutts Road from Denmark-Mt Barker Road is back open to traffic.

    We thank local residents for their patience as we finished work in this area.

    Sections of Denmark-Mt Barker Road are currently reduced to one lane between Kernutts Road and Settlers Road to install the Denmark pipeline. Work will be underway 7 days a week, from 7am – 6pm until mid December 2020. The single lane closure will move as work progresses along the route.

    View the work area map for more information.

  • Small grassroots business making a big impact

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    Some 30 kilometres of the 43 kilometre Denmark pipeline has been installed within the City of Albany boundary. It takes a lot of effort to pull off a project like the Denmark pipeline, and finding the right people for the job is no easy feat.

    Around 50 locals in the Great Southern have been employed to work on the project to date, and one man who’s helped secure the work is Stuart Roberts from Impact Services.

    Impact Services is an employment and training provider for Aboriginal people. Based in Albany, Stuart delivers employment and contract services throughout WA, connecting job seekers with opportunities in their communities, like the Denmark pipeline project.

    “We are able to balance between what is happening in the region, what type of skills will be required for upcoming work, and then refine the training to match it,” says Stuart.

    Around 250 people have secured work or tailored training through Impact Services and its networks since the business first opened its doors in 2018. In the Great Southern, they have engaged directly with over 30 Aboriginal employees to date for various services and contracts and mentored a further 30 within their respective workplace.

    “It’s the first such service in the region and with our main office in Albany, it means a better focus on decisions that benefit the local community. We’re thrilled to be doing our bit in helping to deliver this important piece of infrastructure to the region.”

    Three Albany locals Stuart has helped to secure short and long term work prospects are Tom Palfrey, Victor Woods and Andrew Swzecow.

    Pipeline paving the way for Tom's future

    Tom recently moved back to Albany from Perth simply for the lifestyle and pace of country life. His priority was to find work, so he registered with Impact Services.

    Through Stuart, Tom found employment in no time at all, employed as a labourer working on the Denmark pipeline.

    A passionate football player, Tom decided to forgo his season playing with the Railways to focus on the job opportunity he now has.

    “The work is an 11-day roster, so I decided to put the work first. This work is giving me the ability to save financially and invest in my longer term work plans, which is to move on to bigger and better things,” says Tom.



    Left to right: Tom Palfrey and Stuart Roberts from Impact Services


    A clean sweep of full-time work for Victor

    The opportunity to snap up full-time work in Denmark to support the crew working on the pipeline project is exactly what Victor was after.

    Victor grew up in Tambellup before moving to Albany in his late teens. He’s a very passionate family man who lives with – and cares for his mother and is a very well respected elder in the community. Although he has no children of his own, he is uncle to many nieces and nephews!

    Victor is part of a dynamic duo who cleans the office spaces and accommodation for the Georgiou team.

    “I take great pride in my work and make sure everything is done to keep the premises clean and tidy. I have a great time at work and enjoy a good laugh with the people I meet. They’re really easy to work for, and I thoroughly enjoy what I do.”

    The job has allowed Victor to increase his hours to a full-time capacity for the duration of the project, and he’s very grateful for this.

    “It’s great to be working full-time again. I was absolutely thrilled to secure this work through Impact Services.”

    Left to right: Victor Woods with Stuart Roberts

    When one opportunity leads to another

    Andrew Swzecow has lived in Albany all his life with his two sons. He’s well known in the local community and is passionate about the environment.

    Much like Tom and Victor, he jumped at the chance to work on the Denmark pipeline project due to the recent downturn in regional and seasonal job prospects.

    Andrew started very early on in the project and his supervisor has had nothing but praise for him. He has excellent work ethics and fits right into the team. Although he’s working full time, Andrew has already received other work offers after the pipeline is completed.

    The pipeline project has created great job opportunities for locals like Andrew, Victor and Tom who have embraced new learnings while providing for their families.

    The Denmark pipeline is expected to be completed in early 2021 and will secure the town’s long term water supply.

  • Work along Denmark-Mt Barker Road

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    From Friday 30 October, sections of Denmark-Mt Barker Road will be reduced to one lane between Kernutts Road and Settlers Road to install the Denmark pipeline. Work will be underway 7 days a week, from 7am – 6pm until mid December 2020. The single lane closure will move as work progresses along the route.

    Access to Kernutts Road from Denmark-Mt Barker Road will also be closed from Monday 26 October until Friday 20 November 2020.

    Please use alternate routes to access Kernutts Road or avoid traffic management during this time.

    View the work area map for more information.

  • Construction of the pipeline to secure Denmark’s long term water supply is in full swing

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    To build the 43km pipeline, a number of crews will work simultaneously at different locations , and will lay around 7,186 lengths of 6 metre pipe from Albany to Denmark. Weather permitting, around 400 metres of pipe can be installed each day; that’s 2 kilometres every week.

    Building the pipeline

    Most of the pipeline will be installed by digging open trenches, with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) used to go under Quickup River and Hay River. Also known as trenchless construction, HDD is a drilling method used to install the pipeline without impacting the natural waterway.

    Minimising impact at river crossings

    HDD will be used at river crossings along the route, to minimise construction impacts. To do this, we will excavate a small pit in the paddocks on each side of the river. A drill head will bore through the earth from one side of the river, drilling deep under the river and back up to ground level on the other side. The drill head is guided by GPS and other sensors to ensure we reach the required depth under the river and drill through the second pit on the other side.

    By late August, we expect to install almost 8km of pipeline to connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Town Water Supply Scheme.

    What else is happening in Denmark?

    The rainwater rewards program has been extended to May 2021. More information can be found here.

    Do you own or manage an accommodation property in Denmark?

    We have free waterwise posters, stickers and shower timers for accommodation providers to encourage your visitors to be waterwise. Email waterwisetowns@watercorporation.com.au to register your interest.

    If you haven’t already, register here to receive regular updates on the Denmark pipeline.

  • Digging has commenced!

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    The Denmark pipeline is underway and it's full steam ahead as the diggers move in. We have started laying 43km of pipeline that will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Town Water Supply Scheme by early 2021.

    A customary Welcome to Country was held at the construction site prior to the diggers breaking ground to lay the first section of pipeline.

    Many local businesses have already been engaged to supply materials or work on construction along with a number of locals obtaining work as direct employees. One such local business is Impact Services, who are working hard to ensure employment opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers, and have already had 25 people register.

    Well done to the local community who has done a fantastic job in saving water through the recent Waterwise Denmark program. The good news is that the Denmark Rainwater Rewards program (rainwater tank rebate) has been extended for another year to May 2021.

    To stay up to date with the latest news and developments, please register with us.

  • (4/6) Head contractor for pipeline project appointed

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    The pipeline project has reached an important milestone with Perth based Georgiou Group appointed as head contractor.

    At least $4.8 million will be invested in the Great Southern region by utilising local subcontractors and sourcing materials locally for the project, helping to create Western Australian jobs. This is in addition to incidental spending on accommodation, hospitality and other minor work that will complement the project.

    The new pipeline will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS), which currently supplies drinking water to Albany, Mt Barker, Kendenup and Narrikup. It will secure Denmark’s long term water supply.

    The project is on track to deliver a long term water supply solution for Denmark in less than 18 months with construction expected to begin in July 2020.

    Read the Water Minister's media statement.

  • (17/3) Popular Denmark community facilities receive a waterwise makeover

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    Water Corporation’s Waterwise Denmark program has reached the Denmark Recreation Centre and McLean Park Precinct with the facilities receiving a water efficient makeover to help save precious water.

    As part of water saving offers available through the program, leaks were fixed, single flush toilets replaced, inefficient showerheads swapped for new efficient ones and many other minor repairs carried out to reduce water use.

    Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart said it was great to see shared facilities, like the Shire-owned Denmark Recreation Centre and McLean Park Precinct amenities, benefit from the program.

    “Regular patrons to the popular facilities may notice new push button taps and plenty of helpful reminders around the premises encouraging visitors to report leaks, use the half flush buttons, and shower as long as a four minute song to help save water,” Mr Stewart said.

    “Large shared facilities are where some of the biggest water savings can be made so it’s fantastic to see more and more facilities utilise the waterwise program and take positive steps to benefit the whole community.”

    Shire of Denmark Technical Officer Ryan Harding said water efficient upgrades recently made at several Shire-owned facilities were seamless causing no disruption to patrons.

    “Ensuring shared facilities are as water efficient as possible means the whole community benefits and patrons keeping water use to a minimum will help save even more water,” he said.

    Water saving offers available through the program include a free plumbing check, repair and retrofit service as well as a free irrigation system check.

    Residents can also swap up to two old inefficient showerheads for new efficient ones helping Denmark households save about 20,000 litres of water a year.

    Households and businesses now have until 31 May 2021 to apply for a rainwater reward rebate of up to $1000 for purchasing and plumbing in a rainwater tank to the toilet or laundry.

    For more information or to take advantage of the Waterwise Denmark offers, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/save-water/water-saving-offers


  • (29/1) McGowan Government on track to secure drinking water supply through new pipeline in Denmark

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    • Minister updates Denmark community on water security plans at public meeting
    • In 2019 Denmark experienced one of the driest years on record
    • Proposed Albany to Denmark pipeline route now available

    The project to secure Denmark's long term water security has reached an important milestone this week with the proposed route of the pipeline released to the community for feedback.

    The pipeline will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS) in Albany.

    The proposed route will see the pipeline connect to the LGSTWSS at the Chorkerup Tank, 30 kilometres north of Albany, then follow the road reserve west along Wilcox Road, Redmond Road West, Kernutts Road, and a small section of Denmark-Mount Barker Road, connecting to the existing tank supplying water to Denmark at Scotsdale.

    A local ecologist assisted in the development of the proposed route, conducting surveys of flora and fauna, and advising on issues such as rare flora identification, dieback and hygiene management plans and black cockatoo habitats. Landowners along the route have also been extensively consulted and helped identify the proposed route.

    In September 2019, the McGowan Government took the necessary and urgent action to begin planning the pipeline in response to declining rainfall from climate change. The impacts mean the town's local dams can no longer be relied upon to supply the town in the longer term.

    Minister Kelly updated Denmark residents on the project at a public meeting hosted by the Shire of Denmark last night (28 January). The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Shire of Denmark, Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

    The McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is working with Denmark residents and businesses to help keep water use in check through the Waterwise Denmark Program. This Program includes a free showerhead swap and a free home plumbing check to find and repair household leaks.

    The community can provide feedback to the Water Corporation on the proposed pipeline route via its online engagement portal.

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    "Denmark continues to be impacted by climate change, with the town experiencing one of the lowest rainfall years on record in 2019.

    "The continued decline in rainfall led to the decision to build a pipeline to connect the town to a wider scheme and will be the best way to secure water in the longer term.

    "Water Corporation has also been working closely with the Denmark community since September to look at ways of saving water, and the response has been outstanding.

    "I welcomed the opportunity to update residents last night on our plans to secure Denmark's water supply, and congratulate everyone that has embraced the waterwise message.

    "The Water Corporation now has a proposed pipeline route which the community can now provide their feedback on.

    "I'm pleased that the proposed route has minimal impact on the local environment, with the proposed route fully along existing firebreaks, road reserves and open paddocks.

    "The Water Corporation will continue to consult with the Shire of Denmark, City of Albany and community as plans continue to progress over the coming months."

    Comments attributed to South West Region MLC Dr Sally Talbot:

    "Last night's meeting showed how passionate Denmark people are about finding the right solution to securing our water supply.

    "With the proposed pipeline route now available for public comment, I join the Minister in encouraging people to have their say.

    "It's vital that we make these decisions based on the best science and advice available and it was good to see the community and the Government sharing information at last night's meeting."

    Minister's office - 6552 6100