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After years of inaction Victoria State government panicks as Melbourne approached level 4 water restrictions, says MLC

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

The government had done nothing to renew and extend water infrastructure in Victoria, said Liberal MLC Wendy Lovell, Member for Northern Victoria, in the Victorian Legislative Council on 9 August 2007.

Water conservation left to householders and industry: Focussing on page 15 of the Auditor-General’s annual plan for 2007/2008, which dealt with the renewal and extension of water infrastructure, Lovell said: “The Auditor-General plans to examine how well projects to renew, upgrade and extend the water infrastructure have been managed. If we look back over the past seven and a half years … we see that the government has done nothing to renew and extend water infrastructure in this state. What it has done is sit on its hands and pray for rain and place all the burden for water conservation onto householders and industry, expecting them to do the conservation of water.”

Level 4 restrictions created panic: “It was only when Melbourne approached level 4 water restrictions that the government came up with a policy of panic. I am sure that when the Auditor-General conducts his audit he will find that this government’s plans are plans of panic”, Lovell said.

Reference: Wendy Lovell, Liberal Party, Member for Northern Victoria, Legislative Council, Victoria, 9 August 2007

Erisk Net, 9/8/2007

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