Suez Environnement estimates the Victorian desal plant will generate more than $2 billion in revenue over the next 30 years. With ADF Suez’ existing record of environmental destruction in the Amazon, their submission should be dismissed.
Community members of a small green wedge, rural-residential township south east of Melbourne have won their fight to relocate industrial infrastructure for the Wonthaggi Desalination Project to a more suitable location, away from residences and their local primary school.
Unfortunately Wonthaggi itself has lost its battle against the actual desal plant.
Today the Your Water Your Say Community Assembly has relocated to a new location across the road from where they were evicted by the Department of Sustainability and the Environment (DSE) on Monday 14th July.
The new location is out of the proposed desalination construction site boundary as detailed by the DSE in their media release of 9th July and the written advice that was not formally given to YWYS until Monday morning 14th July.
The new location is off the public road and well away from both construction and public traffic. It is approximately half a kilometre from any construction activity and satisfies the DSE claims that the assembly must be removed for safety concerns.
Neil Rankine, spokesperson for YWYS, said the “the stated safety concerns of the DSE have been addressed and if the DSE, on behalf of the Brumby Government, want to evict us from the new site then they will need to explain their real reasons for doing so.”
Mr Rankine said “we are highly sceptical that safety concerns were the driving force for removing the assembly and the new location will cause no such issues, so it will be clear that that the intent is to stifle debate and silence this community if they again try to evict us.”
YWYS will continue to protest the building of the largest desalination plant in Australia and continue to demand the Brumby Government release to the public the real full cost of this project and their evaluations that led them to this decision. Neither has been provided to date and the plant construction moves on at speed.
|For more information contact:|
0400 065 253
|Name: Jessica Harrison
Phone: 0407 307 231
|Name: Bruce Fergie
Phone: 0419 354 815
See also: www.yourwateryoursay.org.