Ted Baillieu’s State Budget has no plans to secure Victoria’s water future as the state recovers from more than 10 years of drought, Labor’s water spokesman, John Lenders said today.
Mr Lenders said the State Budget lacked any major funding for capital projects to boost water supplies.
“This budget fails to deliver any major capacity upgrades to drought proof Victorians following more than a decade of drought,” Mr Lenders said.
“Ted Baillieu has no plan to secure the state’s water supplies or encourage Victorians to use less water.
“The Coalition Government has a hope for rain mentality and lacks any foresight to drought proof our state.
“This Government has deceived the Victorian people. They have no vision for Victoria.
“Last year the Coalition promised to bring forward the upgrade of the Eastern Treatment Plant, as they claimed that Labor’s timetable to complete the project by 2012 was not soon enough.
“However, this budget shows that the Coalition has failed to deliver on this promise, with funding for the Eastern Treatment Plant being provided into the 2012/13 financial year.
“The Coalition needs to outline its plan for water in Victoria, it is not enough to make baseless commitments.
“All this budget does is highlights that Mr Baillieu has no plan and no vision for delivering what Victorian households need.”
Mr Lenders said the Coalition Government was simply telling Victorians they could use as much water as they like as long as they can afford to pay for it.
“Mr Walsh is targeting Melbourne families who will be worse off and suffering under even more cost of living pressures,” he said.
“And this comes after Mr Walsh’s decision to scrap Target 155, a campaign that saved billions of litres of water.
“Mr Walsh said the campaign that helped reduce Victoria’s water consumption was nothing but spin.