The Andrews Labor Government has moved decisively to preserve Victoria’s water supplies and help the water sector meet the challenges posed by climate change, changing rainfall patterns and rapid population growth.
The Government has already started work to ensure Victoria has a positive new approach to water policy by;
- Abolishing the Office of Living Victoria and transitioning to a collaborative approach
- Requiring water authorities to ensure they face the challenges of climate change including rainfall patterns
- Considering all sources of water including the desalination plant, which can provide 150 gigalitres of water
- Listening and engaging with local communities about their water needs and priorities
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, today thanked the boards of Victoria’s 19 water corporations for their important contributions to date and said the Government will review all board positions, (excluding managing directors) to ensure we have the best people with the right skills to deal with the environmental and economic challenges of the future.
All current board members have been encouraged to participate in an expressions of interest process. Advertisements for the expressions of interest process will occur in April 2015. New boards will be in place by 1 October 2015.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water, Lisa Neville
“Victoria needs diverse and highly skilled people to deal with the environmental and economic challenges of the future – climate change, rainfall variability and rapid population growth.”
“Preserving the future of our water supplies requires a new vision and that calls for a fresh and balanced approach, starting at the top.”
“We recognise the contribution of our water corporation board members and thank them for their work. They are all encouraged to participate in an expressions of interest process.”