07 May 2013
The Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh announced in a media release last week $50M of state investment to improve the management of Victoria's water resources and explore innovative ideas for future water management.
The funding will go towards important work on water cycle research and planning, promotion of new building controls and assistance to industry with water cycle management with the Office of Living Victoria having a large role to play given it will receive $22.5M.
The Office of Living Victoria is leading the way in transforming how we manage our water cycles to increase the resilience of our water system and its ability to cope with an uncertain future. This work will make sure the use of rainfall, stormwater and wastewater is maximised to reduce the need for future large-scale pipelines, desalination plants and pumping and treatment plants.
The remainder of the state funding will go toward delivering recommendations from the Victorian Flood Review and other important regional projects such as developing water sharing arrangements from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the modernisation of the Macalister Irrigation District and critical bore repair and maintenance work.