Environmental

Average Electricity Use

Average residential electricity usage in the Kimberley in 2008 was 11,717.7 kilowatt hours, an increase of 10.5% from 2003. Average usage fluctuated between years, peaking at 11,799.9 kilowatt hours in 2005.

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Average electricity usage by business customers increased 10.6% from 2003 to 2008. It peaked at 72,127.5 kilowatt hours in 2005, before decreasing slightly again to reach 68,208.6 kilowatt hours in 2008.

Average electricity usage by mixed business/residential customers generally increased from 2003 to 2008. In 2008 average usage was 43,232.7 kilowatt hours, up 22.4% from 2003.

Average electricity usage by community services and charities increased 23.0% from 2003 to 2008, to 28,390.2 kilowatt hours.

Average Water Use

From 1994-1995 to 2007-2008 average household water usage fluctuated year-to-year but trended generally downwards. In 2007-08, the average household water use was 627.6kL, which was 67.8kL lower than in average usage in 1994-1995.

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All Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the region had a lower average household water use in 2007-2008 than in 1994-1995, although the reduction was marginal for some LGAs. Derby-West Kimberley (S) had the largest reduction in household usage, of 23.6%. The 1994-1995 average household usage for Derby-West Kimberley (S) was the highest of the LGAs in the region at 757.7kL, while the 2007-2008 usage of 578.8kL was the lowest in the region.

All irrigation water usage from the Water Corporation in the Kimberley was based in Wyndham-East Kimberley (S) from 1994-1005 to 2007-2008. Although the average irrigation usage fluctuated substantially over the time period, the number of irrigation customers was extremely small.

Average water usage by manufacturing customers in the Kimberley peaked at 3,143.1kL in 1998-1999. This peak was driven by high average usage in Wyndham-East Kimberley (S), which had an average usage of 5,354kL for manufacturing in that year. In 2007-2008, average manufacturing water usage was 766.2kL in the Kimberley.

Average water usage for parks and gardens increased from 1,603.2kL in 1994-1995 to 2,905.3kL in 2007-2008. The individual LGAs in the region however showed varying usage patterns. The general increase appears to be driven by water usage in Broome (S), which increased from an average of 700.5kL for parks and gardens in 1994-1005, to 3,150.8kL in 2007-2008. In contrast, the average usage in Halls Creek (S) for parks and gardens dropped from 3,800.0kL in 1994-1995 to 1,209.3kL the following year, and continued to decrease to zero usage in 2007-2008.

From 1994-1995 to 2007-2008, average water usage for services increased reasonably steadily from 2,170.9kL to 2,550.4kL. This increase was driven by usage in Broome (S), where usage increased from 2,903.5kL to 3,766.8 kL over this time. Broome (S) also had the highest average usage for services of the LGAs in the region.

All of the Water Corporation water usage for stock was based in Broome (S). Average usage fluctuated greatly, from zero usage in 1994-1995 to 3,762kL in 2007-2008, however the number of customers for this use of water was extremely low.