Senate debates

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Water Supply for Adelaide

4:27 pm

Photo of Joe LudwigJoe Ludwig (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Manager of Government Business in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

by leave—The Australian government does not support this motion. For the interest of Senator Hanson-Young, the Australian government has to date committed over $123 million in funding in support of 35 individual stormwater harvesting projects in South Australia with the capacity to offset over 33 billion litres of Adelaide’s annual drinking water needs. The Australian government is working very closely with the South Australian government to reduce Adelaide’s reliance on the River Murray through investments in desalination, recycling and stormwater harvesting. All up, the Australian government is investing over $554 million for a range of urban water security projects in South Australia, projects that will provide over 150 billion litres in new water supplies whilst also helping to take pressure off the River Murray and deliver benefits to the river and Lower Lakes. I thank the Senate.


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