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Water finally flows
from the desal plant
AFTER recent controversy over imported
diesel generators and the struggle to mend
a faulty power cable, the desalination plan
started pouring water into the Cardinia Res-
ervoir over the weekend.
Delivery of the first 50GL water order for
the State Government was in jeopardy after a
power cable failure saw 30 diesel generators
shipped to the desal plant, in a push to meet
the July 30 deadline.
More than four years after the plant was
constructed, water has finally started to flow.
With warm summer weather continuing to
stretch well into March, the State Government
says the benefits of the water order will reach
across Melbourne, as well as bringing extra
security to communities like Korumburra
which is about to be put on water restrictions.
Water minister Lisa Neville said water cus-
tomers will not face additional charges on
their water bills for the 50GL water order, or
over the next three minimum water orders.
“We’ve learnt the lessons from the millen-
nium drought and this secures our water sup -
plies at a time when our reserves are decreas-
ing,” Ms Neville said.
“The minimum water order will help with
the operation of the plant while not impacting
on water bills.
“The plant was not built to be turned on just
when our water supply reached critical levels;
instead its aim is to make sure that our supply
doesn’t fall to those levels in the first place.”
The latest Bureau of Meteorology data shows
temperatures in March are well above average
and rainfall at a decade -long low.
Rain across Melbourne’s four main catch-
ments is also 23 per cent below the 30-year
average, with 10 out of the last 12 weeks
recording below average inflows into Mel-
But Bass MP Brian Paynter said water order
is unnecessary, and simply a ploy from Labor
to justify the plant’s existence.
“The minister has really embarrassed her-
self; she only has to look at historic records
to see it’s only in very wet summers that Mel-
bourne’s storages would increase, ” Mr Payn-
“Melbourne Water’s own public data shows
that the storages start declining from around
November in an average year, and start filling
again around June the next year. ”
President of Watershed Victoria, Mark Rob -
ertson, said that Ms Neville has failed to make
mention of any proposed water-saving mea-
“The average daily per person use of water
in Melbourne is currently more than 200 li-
tres, 25 per cent more than their target 155;
why not encourage wiser use of the resource,
rather than gift a foreign water company $600
million each year?” Mr Robertson said.
“It seems that the only insurance with run-
ning the plant constantly is to protect against
the obvious unreliability of the great white el-
ephant. The recent diesel debacle displays the
fragility of it, and we are receiving reports of
multiple visits from CFA to investigate smoke
from wiring, which is very inconvenient for
“The recent activities of the State Govern-
ment display a willingness to prop up Aqua-
sure at any cost, no matter how desperate and
incompetent their actions.”
Mr Roberston said that during the millen-
nium drought, during which time the desal
plant was planned, water restrictions proved
to be an effective way to save water at no ad-
“The water minister should spend more
time implementing alternatives, rather than
making excuses for Aquasure, ” he said.
“The previous Coalition government did
not operate the plant because water storages
were healthy, and obviously saw that the costs
were too high. There is no need to supply this
year’s water order.
“The order appears to be nothing more than
a chance for Minister Neville to show off her
shiny big toy and prop up the financial situ-
ation of Aquasure; our self-proclaimed good
corporate citizen. ”
What will be at the Laneways Festival
• Wonthaggi Laneway Festival update
HERE’S what you will find at the Wonthaggi
• Main stage with live music from a whole
lot of bands and musicians in the IGA car
• FREZA stage with music shaped by fabu-
lous DJs in the Woolworths car park
• Belly Dancers dancing
• Dance Group dancing
• Everyone dancing!
• A belly dancing workshop
• Food stalls with a delicious range of culi-
nary delights in Jongbloed Lane
• Market stalls with gorgeous, hand-made
goodies in Taberner Lane
• A live -wall projection featuring a live Ins-
tagram feed as well as historical photos
• Sideshow alley
• Carnival rides for all ages in Apex Park
• Roving performances all through the lane -
The Festival opens at 3pm with events and
activities starting at various times – keep an
eye on our Facebook page to see the program
as soon as it’s published.
In the meantime, check out the clips from
the bands, progress photos and other inter-
esting things on our Facebook page or Insta-
gram – #wonthaggilaneways.
By Deb Watson, Wonthaggi Business
and Tourism Association
It’s all about the penguins
THE feral cat population on Phillip Island
would be wiped out and owners forced to
keep their moggies indoors if an ambitious
plan to make Phillip Island a pest-free zone
gets the go-ahead.
The latest bid to provide complete pro -
tection for the world-famous penguin pa-
rade follows an attempt to eradicate all
foxes from the Island, and could form part
of a federal government plan to bait, trap
and kill two million feral cats nationwide
While no foxes have been caught and
killed on the Island for two years, it is
believed that feral cats now pose the big-
gest risk to penguins and other wildlife, al-
though it is not known how many penguins
have been taken by cats.
Authorities want to control the Island’s feral cats.
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