| May 31, 2016

Funds for Wedderburn pipeline desperately needed

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Damian Drum, The Nationals candidate for Murray, has called on the federal Coalition Government to commit to $20 million of funding for the Wedderburn Pipeline.

The $80 million project would connect the West Waranga channel and Wimmera Mallee Pipeline and provide much-needed water security for farmers in the Murray electorate’s drought-stricken Wedderburn region.

A total of $60 million has been secured for the project, but $20 million remains unsourced.

“The drought has made it increasingly difficult for farmers to secure water for stock and domestic purposes through rain and run-off,” Mr Drum said.

“Wedderburn region farmers have spent years carting water to meet their needs, it is time they had some certainty on their future.

“I have brought a number of senior Ministers to the region to meet with Loddon councillors and local farmers and now I am calling on the Government to commit the funds needed to bring this project to fruition.

“Just last week, the Coalition Government committed $1.2 million for water project feasibility studies in South Australia and $20 million for 14 studies in Queensland – Victoria deserves its fair share.

“The Wedderburn pipeline project would secure a basic need vital to the livelihoods of many in the area.”

 

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