Hollands Rock declared water deficient

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A cleaned out dam at Lake Grace farmer Geoff Richardson's Mallee Hill property, which was the second area declared water deficient.
Camera IconA cleaned out dam at Lake Grace farmer Geoff Richardson's Mallee Hill property, which was the second area declared water deficient. Credit: Countryman, Cally Dupe

A third water deficiency has been declared today for the Hollands Rock area in the Shire of Kent.

The declaration comes after the Mallee Hill area in the Shire of Lake Grace and the Mt Short area in the Shire of Ravensthorpe were both granted water deficiency.

Water carting to the area which is south west of Lake Grace will begin tomorrow.

The application was submitted on behalf of seven local farmers as a last resort to keep livestock alive in dry conditions.

The State Government will cart an estimated 350,000 litres of water each week from the Water Corporation's scheme at Newdegate and the old Lake King town dam to the Hollands Rock tank on Hollands Rock Road.

Water Minister Dave Kelly said that the McGowan Government is taking action to support farmers in areas that have been adversely affected by low rainfall due to climate change.

"Ensuring the welfare of animals in the affected areas is a priority and that is why we will start carting water to Hollands Rock tomorrow,” he said.

"This will assist farmers by significantly reducing the distance that they need to travel to access emergency livestock water supplies.

"As climate change continues to impact the south-west of WA, the State Government is working closely with local governments and farmers to bring online new water sources and maintain access to existing supplies."

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