Thursday 5 March 2015
Regional Victoria natural gas rollout in chaos under Labor
In 2010, the Victorian Coalition announced the Energy for the Regions program, promising to connect priority towns to natural gas, financed through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Between 2012-2014 works commenced to connect: Avoca, Huntly, Winchelsea, Bannockburn, Warburton, Wandong-Heathcote Junction, Koo Wee Rup to natural gas networks, and also deliver a major upgrade to Mildura’s natural gas supply.
In September 2014, the Victorian Coalition reached an $85 million agreement with energy company Brookfield to supply gas to all remaining priority towns: Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Invermay, Heathcote, Marong, Terang and Maldon; in addition to Swan Hill, Kerang, Robinvale and Nathalia.
Labor has voiced strong opposition to the rollout of natural gas networks to regional Victoria with 17 towns remaining: Avoca, Huntly, Winchelsea, Bannockburn, Warburton, Wandong-Heathcote Junction, Koo Wee Rup Heathcote, Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Terang, Invermay, Maldon, Marong, Nathalia, Swan Hill, Robinvale and Kerang.
Quotes Attributed to David Southwick, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources:
“Daniel Andrews has sent the Energy for the Regions Program into a dark era of chaos and massive uncertainty.
“Labor needs to come clean and tell country residents which of the 17 remaining towns will now miss out on natural gas.
“This is an attack on country families by Daniel Andrews who want choice and cheaper bills. It again demonstrates that Labor doesn’t care about jobs, local industries or people in these areas.”