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Bendigo had no natural waterway sufficient to sustain a city of 100,000 people

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

In his electorate of Bendigo there was no natural waterway sufficient to sustain a city of 100,000 people, said Labor MP Steve Gibbons in the Federal Parliament on 14 August 2007.

Goldfields pipeline offers security: “The city is only where it is due to the discovery of gold in the local creek beds in the 1850s,” Gibbons said. “And it has been battling for a secure supply of water ever since. Hopefully, water security will at last become a reality when the first phase of the Goldfields pipeline comes on stream next month — a project, I might note, that saw lengthy prevarication by the Howard government as Liberal members of this House joined Liberal senators and state opposition MPs to offer highly ambiguous support for or outright opposition to the Victorian government’s initiative.”

Reference: Steve Gibbons, Member for Bendigo, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 14 August 2007.

Erisk Net, 19/8/2007

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