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Funding missing from Labor’s Riparian Action Plan

The Andrews Government has again failed to properly fund the protection of Victorian riverbanks.

Before the last election, the Coalition committed to a $45 million program for fencing Crown Land river frontages.

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Today Lisa Neville has re-announced $10 million already listed in the 2015/16 Budget (BP3, p56). There is no funding for riparian land care in the forward estimates.

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The Budget also confirms (p5) there is still $105 million unspent in the government’s Environmental Contribution Levy (ECL) Fund. 

Comments from Shadow Minister for Water Peter Walsh:

“The launch of this Action Plan was the ideal time for Daniel Andrews to make a serious funding commitment from the ECL Fund to help protect our riparian reserves.”

“Farmers will also want Daniel Andrews to guarantee that the Crown Land fencing program will remain voluntary.”