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Thursday, 11 October 2001

PROJECT OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

John Forrest, National Party Member for Mallee today said the piping of the entire Wimmera Mallee stock and domestic water supply system is a matter of national significance.

Mr Forrest said that there is no other project in Australia so imperative to the environment and which provides so much for both the rural communities and also the water supply.

John Forrest absolutely supports this operation and looks to Government on both a Federal and State level, in partnership with the local community, to achieve this environmental must.

Mr Forrest said, "Improving quality of service and water for our small towns will provide a more secure future. The provision of water security offers greater quality of life.

"This is the type of project that will stop the population decline in our rural areas.

"I am working to ensure this project is completed and will achieve water savings.

"The piping of the full Wimmera Mallee is the most important issue as to why I am in the Parliament and it is my intention to see this project finished.

"This is a project of national significance and my record on this so far is extremely credible.

"The Northern Mallee constitutes about a quarter of the system and it is satisfying that this much has been achieved. However, we now need the commitment from Stat and Federal Governments to complete the entire Wimmera Mallee. This work is being done", Mr Forrest said.

Overall, piping the whole system is one of the most significant environment projects to be undertaken in Australia. It will deliver considerable benefits to the region by enhancing the security of supply and boosting production potential as well as improving river health of the Wimmera and Glenelg rives through better environmental flows.

Mr Forrest said, "I want the opportunity to continue my good record on this project. Water is too precious a resource to be squandered."