Apr 27, 2007

Federal Labor: $20m to construction of Shell water recycling project in Geelong

FEDERAL LABOR – $20 MILLION TOWARDS CONSTRUCTION OF SHELL’S WATER RECYCLING PROJECT IN GEELONG

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

27 April 2007

Federal Labor today committed $20 million towards the construction of the Shell water recycling project in Geelong.

The total cost of the project is $64 million and Federal Labor’s commitment matches the Victorian Government’s contribution and makes sure the project will happen.

Shell is the biggest user of water in the Geelong region, consuming 5% of Barwon Water’s supply.

By moving the Shell refinery to recycled water, 2000 mega-litres of drinking water will be freed up every year for household use.

The Geelong Shell treatment could be expanded in future to recycle up to 5000 ML.

The Shell water recycling project is an important part of providing water security for the Geelong region.

The Geelong Shell Water Recycling Scheme will deliver up to 2000 mega-litres per year of recycled water, the equivalent of the water used by 10,000 homes every year.

The project will also stop 1000ML of site outfalls flowing into Corio Bay and will reduce the Black Rock outfall by another 1000ML.

This will provide significant environmental benefits for Corio Bay and the Surf Coast.

This is about Federal Labor working with business and the Victorian State Government to deliver a sustainable water supply.

Federal Labor has set a 30 per cent waste water recycling target by 2015.

A Rudd Labor Government will support practical, nation building projects to help deal with Australia’s water crisis in our major coastal cities where 17 million Australians live.

Climate change demands national leadership to develop comprehensive plans to safeguard our most precious resource – water.