DON’T LET WALSH BE A WALLY WITH WATER: LENDERS

DON’T LET WALSH BE A WALLY WITH WATER: LENDERS

Posted on 25. Feb, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government’s decision to dump the Target 155 water saving campaign is a slap in the face to all Victorians who took on the challenge to reduce their water consumption, Labor’s spokesman for Water John Lenders said today.

“This cynical move by Ted Baillieu undermines the fantastic achievement of all Victorians who took part in the campaign which was the cheapest way to reduce water use,” Mr Lenders said.

“The fact is Target 155 worked and we are proud of all Victorians’ efforts in saving billions of litres under the program.

“When it was first introduced, the Coalition said it wouldn’t work, then they said it unfair to people with large gardens, and now they say it is a political stunt.

“Target 155 was innovative and inexpensive, and an effective water-saving campaign.

“By calling it a political stunt demeans the community’s collective effort in saving water during the worst drought in Victoria’s history.

Mr Lenders said the Coalition Government now needed to outline their plans to reduce the state’s water consumption in a time of uncertain environmental conditions.

“The only water policy Mr Baillieu has is to hope for rain and his Water Minister Peter Walsh is now playing a reckless game with our state’s most precious resource,” Mr Lenders said.

“Do they want to return to the days when people hosed down their concrete driveways?

“Mr Walsh has refused to tell Victorians whether a new target will be introduced. Mr Walsh is now encouraging Victorians to undo the fantastic work done through the state’s longest drought to reduce water consumption.

“He has admitted that water consumption will increase and the Coalition Government’s lack of a water plan is going to leave Victoria high and dry.”

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