May 28, 2007

Statements by Members – Water Recycling

Statements by Members – Water Recycling

28 May 2007

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (1.59 p.m.)—In April the Leader of the Opposition and I announced our support for $20 million from the Australian water fund for the Shell water recycling project, in partnership with the Victorian state government, which would contribute the same amount, and Shell, which would contribute $24 million. We did that after representation from our candidates for Corio and Corangamite in Geelong.

This is a very important project and Labor has been announcing support for practical water projects around the nation. Just last Friday we announced a $40 million commitment to build the pipeline to complete the missing link from the Mardi Dam through to Mangrove Creek Dam on the Central Coast—an $80 million project that will complete the water grid and provide water security for the people of the Central Coast. I call upon the Howard government not just to support rhetoric such as the speech from the member for Corangamite but to support this project. (Time expired)