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Thursday, 4 May 2017

SECURE WATERWAYS FOR A HEALTHIER VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is getting the job done for regional Victoria, investing now to deliver water security and healthier waterways for our rural cities and towns.

Healthy waterways support liveable communities, recreation opportunities and a more diverse and healthy environment for future generations.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 saw an additional $116 million invested to improve water security, better support farmers, protect jobs, and improve the health of waterways across the state.

This brings the Labor Government’s total investment for water initiatives and programs outlined in Water for Victoria to a record $584 million – including $222 million for waterway and catchment health.

Visiting Bendigo today, Minister for Water Lisa Neville inspected first hand progress on the Bendigo Creek Project which is being delivered from this record investment.

This project is improving waterway health and driving collaboration between water agencies, the Department’s new Aboriginal Water Unit and Traditional Owners. Collaboration with Aboriginal Victorians to ensure projects are culturally appropriate, as well as to draw on traditional knowledge of country

This project, along with the $1.1 million committed towards upgrades and irrigation improvements at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens and Rosalind Park are tangible examples of Water for Victoria in action.

Other initiatives in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 for stronger water security include:

  • $60.6 million to manage our water entitlement and planning systems to ensure effective water allocation and sharing across agriculture, urban and environmental uses across Victoria
  • $13.8 million to optimise the use of the water grid and water markets to allow water to be moved from where it is captured and stored to where it is most valued
  • $5.7 million to help achieve net-zero emissions in the water sector, better understand and apply climate science to water management and lead climate change adaptation across our water system

The Victorian Government is investing the Environmental Contribution back into water management to deliver real outcomes for Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“We continue to invest so communities can have water security and we meet the challenges facing Victoria – including climate change and population growth.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

 “The Victorian Government is committed to understanding Aboriginal water values and uses by working in respectful partnership with Traditional Owners.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Bendigo is a great place to live. This project makes sure that the local community can enjoy this creek long into the future.”

 

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