BAILLIEU SHOULD HAVE WARNED OF SEWAGE RELEASE

BAILLIEU SHOULD HAVE WARNED OF SEWAGE RELEASE

Posted on 16. Feb, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government has failed to adequately warn the public about the release of sewage into Melbourne’s waterways, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Water, John Lenders said.

“People across Melbourne woke up to the news that raw sewage was released into rivers and Port Phillip Bay, and the Water Minister was nowhere to be seen,” Mr Lenders said.

“The Baillieu Government left this important announcement to Melbourne Water, who quietly released the information.

“Mr Walsh and Premier Ted Baillieu must explain why they didn’t warn people about the sewage released into our waterways or which waterways were impacted?

“It is not good enough for a Government that claims to be open and transparent to leave important health and safety announcements to be made by agencies.

“It seems that Mr Baillieu preferred to avoid this difficult announcement before the first full week of parliament.”

Mr Lenders said people were unaware about the state of the waterways for nearly two weeks.

“Melbourne Water said this was a coordinated release, so why didn’t the Minister provide a coordinated release of information before they pumped sewage into our rivers?” he said.

“Being a Minister means making tough decisions, however Mr Walsh has shirked this responsibility by failing to inform Victorians of this important health issue.”

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