By Andrew Bolt ~
The Andrews Government in Victoria was desperate to make Labor’s desalination plant not seem the white elephant it is. So it claimed we needed to finally switch it on to save us from water shortages in summer. And then the rain really started to fall…
The State Government has announced it has placed an order for 50 gigalitres of desalinated water to be delivered next summer.
Melbourne’s water storage is now at 63.8 per cent capacity, down from 72.1 per cent at the same time last year.
Water Minister Lisa Neville said the decision was made based on advice from Melbourne water retailers following a “significant decline” in storage levels in the past two years.
Strong winter rain is filling reservoirs and dams across Victoria, with predictions of a wet spring.
But the government will go ahead with plans to switch on the Wonthaggi desalination plant for the first time, in December…
Water Minister Lisa Neville yesterday stood by the controversial maiden order for 50 gigalitres, placed in April after the government said dry conditions — especially in Geelong and Ballarat — had forced the desalination “insurance policy”.
“I don’t want to be in the position of getting to summer and it drying up and we have to introduce water restrictions,’’ Ms Neville said.
While it’s still too early to count the financial cost of flooding across the state, farmers were yesterday surveying the damage.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.