The Standing Committee on Finance & Public Administration will be inquiring into Victoria’s water infrastructure this Friday.
Chaired by Shadow Finance Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips, the committee comprises seven Victorian MPs drawn from across all parties in the Legislative Council.
The terms of reference of the inquiry are:
“To inquire into and report on the estimated benefits and costs arising from the north-south pipeline, the Wonthaggi desalination plant, and the modernisation of irrigation infrastructure.”
While meeting in Shepparton, the committee will be questioning representatives from; City of Greater Shepparton, Plug the Pipe, and Goulburn-Murray Water.
There has been considerable concern raised regarding the cost of these three projects in terms of the capital investment, and the environmental and social concequinces.
“I earnestly anticipate that this inquiry will expose the true issues confronting Victoria’s water infrastructure projects, said Mr Rich-Phillips.
“Victorians require a water infrastructure system which is properly administered so that it can meet the water security, quality and demands they expect of it.
“Those managing Victoria’s water infrastructure – have a responsibility to ensure that it is run properly in practice as well as in theory, and not shift the blame on previously expected factors such as population growth, drought and global warming.
“The three projects under investigation – the north-south pipeline, the Wonthaggi desalination plant, and the modernisation of irrigation infrastructure, are expensive and important issues for the Victorian community,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.