River comes alive

Zoe KeenanSouth Western Times
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Premier Coal operations manager Jim Falconer and Premier Coal environment superintendent Emily Evans.
Camera IconCollie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Premier Coal operations manager Jim Falconer and Premier Coal environment superintendent Emily Evans. Credit: Supplied

Late winter rainfall and completion of the Lake Kepwari outlet will see the Collie River flowing for longer periods.

The southern branch of the Collie River was brought to life after work to cut the outlet wider and deeper recently finished.

Work also included the installation of blue rock to prevent erosion.

In February, Premier Mark McGowan said the work was expected to be completed by April.

But it was delayed after the amount of material to be moved was underestimated.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said it was an important milestone to see water flowing through the south branch of the river “as it was designed to do despite the very dry winter months”.

Despite concerns from residents, that incorporating the lake into the system would be detrimental to the river, Mr Murray believed it would have a positive impact on the environment.

“We can now see that due diligence has been carried out to ensure that any impact to the environment will actually be beneficial,” he said.

“The same due diligence is being applied to aspects of safety and accessibility before the lake can be opened to the public.”

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