Melbourne water customers kept in the dark on impact of $300m cuts to water

Melburnians are paying more, but getting less under dramatic cuts to the state’s water budget. But in Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) last night, Acting Water Minister Richard Wynne and departmental officials skirted questions on job cuts and reduced services after a $300 million cut to the water portfolio spend. In 2015-16, total output […]

No genuine progress for Victorian irrigators

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville has failed to secure any meaningful change for Victorian irrigators at this week’s Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council. The Council agreed to assess water efficiency projects to be delivered under the Murray Darling Basin Plan, however they already need to meet criteria requiring them to have a neutral or positive effect on Basin […]

Basin States must step up to ensure extra water not taken from our irrigators

The Victorian Liberal Nationals fiercely reject the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s suggestion that more water will need to be taken from farmers to make up for shortcomings in water savings of on-ground projects. Victorian irrigators have done the heavy lifting to return water to the environment. It has pushed our Basin communities to breaking point. […]

Desal keeping water bills up when Victorians can least afford it

The Andrews Government’s decision to order 125GL of desal water this year means Victorians will miss out on a reduction in water bills at a time when Victorians need it most. As we take extreme action to combat the spread of COVID-19, every dollar we can keep in Victorians’ pocket will make a difference. Tens […]