The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to improve water security will protect Victorians and their jobs.
The funding for this will continue to be sourced from the Environmental Contribution Levy in support of the Government’s soon to be released Water for Victoria plan, ensuring our state is prepared for challenges such as climate change, population growth, and an increased demand for water. The package includes:
- $222 million to improve the health of waterways and catchments through on-ground works such as fencing and revegetation. This will create an estimated 150 jobs a year
- $59.6 million to support irrigation modernisation projects and help irrigators improve on-farm water use to adapt to the pressures associated with drought
- $33 million to invest in practical programs that improve how we use Victoria’s water
- $25 million to prepare Victorians for floods by providing local communities with the best information available to improve flood mitigation measures and build preparedness in floodplain areas
- $58 million to upgrade the Wedderburn, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh irrigation districts, which are key suppliers of our fresh produce but reliant on ageing irrigation.
- $4.7 million to ensure Aboriginal values and knowledge are included in Victoria’s water management, including employing a team of regionally based Aboriginal project officers
Funding collected in 2015/16 has been committed to:
- $14.1 million in additional funding to deal with rising groundwater in Bendigo
- $30 million to provide Nyora, Loch, Korumburra and Poowong with a secure water supply by extending the water grid in South Gippsland. These four towns - currently on Stage 2 water restrictions – will connect to Melbourne’s water system for the first time
The Budget also includes $20 million from the Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund for modernising the Macalister Irrigation District.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville
“Dry conditions and extreme weather events are having a seriously detrimental effect on regional communities across Victoria.”
“We forget how important water is – until we lose it. Water security is about our very survival as an economy.”
“By investing now to upgrade our water infrastructure, we’ll protect homes, businesses and jobs in the future.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020