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More voices added to SGW fight

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien will next week table a further 600 signatures on petitions against any proposed move of South Gippsland Water from its Foster headquarters.

Mr O’Brien this week caught up with Foster Chamber of Commerce President, Phil Rerden to receive the latest batch of petitions which have been circulating in Foster and the Corner Inlet area over recent months.

“I have already tabled petitions containing over a thousand signatures against any move by South Gippsland Water to relocate its headquarters out of Foster,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Over winter the community has collected a further batch of signatures totally nearly 600 people who have made their voice very clear.”

South Gippsland Water is currently considering its future office and depot arrangements which it has indicated to include a move to Leongatha or Wonthaggi.

Mr O’Brien said that was not acceptable to Foster which would lose around 50 jobs in the process, a hammer blow to the local economy.

“This is not something the local community will stand for and I’m pleased that our actions so far have led to South Gippsland Water putting a pause on its plans while it reviews its future further.”

Mr O’Brien said he would table the petitions in Parliament next week, sending a strong signal to the Andrews Labor Government that South Gippsland Water should stay where it is.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien collecting petitions from Foster Chamber of Commerce President, Phil Rerden.

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