Labor must assess water resources now: Ryan
01 December 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is delaying a review of water resources in northern Victoria, leaving the state without the information it needs to defend the interests of Victoria’s Basin communities.
In Mooroopna today, Shadow Water Minister Steph Ryan said Daniel Andrews was kicking the can down the road with his decision to delay an assessment of northern Victoria’s water resources by seven years.
“The Andrews Labor Government is blindly pressing ahead with the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan without up-to-date information,” Ms Ryan said.
“We need to know where Victoria’s water resources are at so we can fight for a fair deal through the implementation of the Plan.
“Instead of sticking their heads in the sand, Daniel Andrews and Lisa Neville should be building a strong case against having further water taken from Victoria’s Basin communities.”
Ms Ryan said under the Water Act 1989, the Victorian Government was required to undertake a long term assessment of northern Victoria’s water resources by 2019.
“This review of water resources in northern Victoria is supposed to take place every 15 years but the Andrews Labor Government doesn’t want to conduct it until 2026, after the Basin Plan has been fully implemented,” Ms Ryan said.
“Some landholders have raised concerns with me that the plan is being rolled out using data that is out of date.”
Ms Ryan said the Liberal Nationals had opposed the move in the Legislative Assembly, but Labor had used its numbers to force the change through.
“Delaying that assessment by seven years means that we will be working to out-of-date data,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews’ decision to sit idly by and wait until the Basin Plan has been implemented before carrying out that assessment only creates more confusion and uncertainty for Victoria’s Basin communities.”