John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    State Government welcomes Federal support for WA water initiatives

    23/10/2007 2:00 PM

    Water Resources Minister John Kobelke today backed Federal Labor plans to invest in Western Australia’s innovative approach to dealing with water and the drying climate.

    “Anthony Albanese’s funding plan of more than $95million is most welcome and nearly double the amount that has been given to WA from the Howard-Costello Government,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “Funding of $10million towards the $20million desalination plant at Wellington Dam will help in the recovery of this significant water resource. A further $4million for projects in the Canning and Southern River area, as well as $2million towards saving the Hyde Park lakes, supports our innovative approach to water management.

    “WA is recognised as the national leader in water management, even by the Federal Government, and this Rudd Labor funding commitment is particularly apt given this is Water Week.”

    Mr Kobelke said that funding pivotal projects like these meant WA would be able to continue its future water management plans.

    He said WA had been dealing with climate change since 2001 with a water roster system, investing billions of dollars in infrastructure, desalination plants and wastewater re-use.

    “WA taxpayers are shouldering the financial burden of securing our water future because the Howard Federal Government has been more interested in funding water projects in marginal seats than addressing water security for the future,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “Our biggest complaint with the Howard Federal Government has been fair consideration of our projects.

    “With Kevin Rudd, we have found a far more pro-Western Australian response to help with our water future.”

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