Statement on Northern Towns Water Project
I have been fighting, alongside the local community, for this project since I was elected last year and it is great to see it funded.
The project will deliver much needed water security for Korumburra, Loch, Nyora and Poowong and will shore up jobs and the future of important local businesses like Burra Foods and GBP Exports at Poowong.
It was really frustrating that Labor delayed the project by failing to fund it in last year's Budget so I look forward to seeing works now begin.
Residents should be reminded that this project does not rely on water from the desal plant and Labor should not use the needs of these towns to justify using its expensive white elephant project.
It is concerning that the cost of this project has blown out from $30 million to $43 million in just two years since the original business case was presented to the former Coalition Government in its final months in office.
Labor must now assure South Gippsland Water customers they will not face unreasonable water rate increases to pay for its past mismanagement of water policy. Projects such as the CFMEU-induced desal plant disaster and the north-south pipeline when Labor was last in government saw water bills double in some areas.
Low water levels at Little Bass Reservoir yesterday, 20 April 2016. The Little Bass Water Supply System currently supplies water to the townships of Poowong, Loch and Nyora.