Major upgrades to support Rottnest Island's growth

More than $30 million will be spent upgrading Rottnest Island's ageing water supply and road network to shore up the holiday hotspot's infrastructure and plan for future growth.

The major water improvements will overhaul the Island's drinking water network which is under increased pressure from sustained visitor growth and increased business activity.

This includes replacing the ageing pipework, upgrading pump stations and overhauling the desalination plant to shore up both drinking water supply and firefighting capacity. The project begins later this year and will be completed by 2024.

The road upgrades begin this week and will see more than 10km of the Island's roads resurfaced with over 47,000sqm of dense-graded asphalt.

This will improve the road surface for cyclists and pedestrians and increase the life-span of the road network.

The investment is in addition to the State Government's $16.2 million funding over four years for maritime infrastructure upgrades at Rottnest Island, including reconstruction of the Fuel Jetty.

Read more in the media statement from the Ministers for Tourism and Transport.