Heathcote will soon be cooking with natural gas
06 October 2017
Heathcote residents will be able to connect to natural gas from November 1, with the completion of the town's new gas network.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan was in Heathcote with local residents and the former Member for Rodney Paul Weller today to mark the major milestone.
“Heathcote residents will soon have access to a cheaper alternative fuel source which will provide a competitive boost to the town," Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said the rollout of natural gas to Heathcote was instigated and funded by The Nationals when last in government.
“It was The Nationals in Coalition who established the Energy for Regions Fund to subsidise Brookfield Infrastructure to come up with an innovative solution to provide gas to Heathcote.
“Labor repeatedly rubbished the program with the Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan saying our plan to rollout gas to Heathcote was a ‘monstrous hoax'. The current Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford has called it a 'white elephant'.
“I’m proud to be here with the former Member for Rodney Paul Weller who was instrumental in securing this project for Heathcote, celebrating what we have been able to achieve.
"There's no question that Heathcote would not be connected to natural gas for many years, if ever, had the subsidy not been put in place."
Approximately 12 kms of reticulated network has been installed in Heathcote, passing 635 premises.
Residents interested in connecting are encouraged to lodge applications before the end of the year in order to be eligible for a $500 rebate.
A community meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 18 October at the Heathcote RSL Hall to provide more information to residents about natural gas and the application process.
Ms Ryan said natural gas would help reduce energy costs for residents which were skyrocketing under the Andrews Labor Government.
“Since Daniel Andrews’ reckless decision to close Hazelwood without a plan, Victoria has lost 22 per cent of its power,” Ms Ryan said.
“Many people are under financial pressure as a result of the dramatic increase in energy costs, the 11 extra taxes Labor has introduced and the increased pressure being placed on rates thanks to the Andrews Government’ cuts to council funding.
“I hope that this connection to natural gas will go some way in easing these pressures for Heathcote residents.”
For more information about connecting to the network call 1800 760 771 or visit www.vic.tasgas.com.au