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Victoria’s gas supplies secured well into the future

* * - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 

•    Deputy Premier turns first sod of ExxonMobil’s $1 billion gas conditioning plant

•    Plant will process enough gas to power a city of one million people for 35 years and create 250 construction jobs
•    Victorian Coalition Government is supporting industry to deliver Victoria’s future infrastructure needs

Construction is set to begin on ExxonMobil’s $1 billion gas conditioning plant, enabling the development of new off-shore gas fields in the Gippsland basin and underpinning Eastern Australia’s future energy needs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan today visited ExxonMobil’s Longford complex to turn the first sod for the start of construction of the $1 billion gas conditioning plant.

Mr Ryan said the new plant, which will begin processing gas in 2016, would create 250 construction jobs at the site 20 kilometres south of Sale, and provide security for Victoria’s gas stocks.

“The finished plant will process gas associated with ExxonMobil’s $4.5 billion project that covers three oil and gas fields – Kipper, Tuna and Turrum,” Mr Ryan said.

“The gas processed will maintain current gas supplies by bringing on new reserves. This means that Victoria will have an ongoing stable source of natural gas, a clean burning low emission source of energy for use now and into the future by business, industry and households.”

Mr Ryan said the $4.5 billion Kipper, Tuna and Turrum project had already created 1,300 construction and installation jobs.

“This project is the largest domestic oil and gas development on Australian’s eastern seaboard and will provide enough energy to power a city of one million people for 35 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“The project will not only secure Victoria’s gas needs for the foreseeable future, it will also be able to supply gas to interstate markets through the gas transmission lines that connect to New South Wales and South Australia.”

Mr Ryan said that Esso Australia Pty Ltd (Esso), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd, owns the Longford complex, an onshore receiving point for oil and gas output from Bass Strait.

“The Longford complex, which currently has four plants operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week, has been supplying most of Victoria’s gas supply since 1969,” Mr Ryan said.

“During this period Esso has been a strong contributor to the local and state economies, employing 1,800 people, the majority of whom are based in regional Victoria.

“This project will ensure Esso continues to be a strong contributor to the Gippsland and Victorian economies for many years to come.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had worked with ExxonMobil, the Wellington Shire and relevant government agencies regarding development approvals for the new plant.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731         ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au

$85 million natural gas tender to unlock regional potential

* * - Monday, September 02, 2013

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan today unveiled a landmark $85 million investment to supply natural gas to regional communities.

Mr Ryan joined Federal Coalition Shadow Minister for Finance Andrew Robb in Heathcote to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would partner with the Federal Coalition to deliver natural gas to Murray River communities and priority towns across regional Victoria.

“Natural gas provides much cheaper energy for homes, businesses and local industries, which relieves the pressure on family budgets and helps industry to expand and create more local jobs,” Mr Ryan said.

“Reticulated natural gas costs about one third the cost of bottled gas, so it is easy to understand why residents and businesses are so keen to be connected to reticulated gas.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has released an $85 million Request for Tender for innovative compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery solutions to connect natural gas to communities abandoned by Victorian Labor, who clearly stated in 2010 that they did not intend to provide natural gas supply to any more country towns.

“The tender is designed to maximise the number of regional Victorian communities which receive natural gas for the available funding, and bids will be assessed on this basis.”

Mr Ryan said the $85 million tender included two components: 

  • $30 million for provision of natural gas to Murray River communities, comprising $15 million from the Commonwealth’s $100 million Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program and $15 million from Victoria’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund; and
  • $55 million from Victoria’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to supply the remaining priority towns as part of the third stage of the Energy for the Regions program.

Under the $100 million Energy for the Regions program the Coalition Government has already announced the augmentation of Mildura’s gas supply and has also announced gas
connections for Huntly, Avoca, Bannockburn, Winchelsea and Wandong-Heathcote junction.

Remaining priority towns to which announcements are yet to be made are Koo Wee Rup, Heathcote, Maldon, Marong, Orbost, Lakes Entrance, Terang, Warburton and Invermay.

Mr Ryan said the announcement followed the Victorian Coalition Government’s strategy for the rollout of the $100 million Energy for the Regions Program released in May 2012 and the release of a feasibility study last December into the provision of natural gas to Victoria’s Murray River region.

“For some time, communities along the Murray River have sought reticulated natural gas and today we are one step closer to making this happen,” Mr Ryan said.

“Regional and rural towns not yet connected to natural gas have been caught – not big enough to warrant gas suppliers building infrastructure to supply the town, but having their growth hampered by the fact they did not have reticulated natural gas.

“The Victorian Coalition Government first announced a $1 million feasibility study into delivering natural gas to Murray River communities in November 2010.

“Following the release of stage one of this study, the Victorian Coalition Government has been working with local stakeholders, including the Murray River Group of Councils and energy providers to investigate alternative energy options to deliver natural gas to the Murray River region.”

Mr Ryan said CNG and LNG provided the same level of capacity, affordability and convenience for households, small business and industry as connecting to conventional piped gas from the grid.

“Alternative delivery solutions such as CNG and LNG are proven technology and have a particular relevance for smaller and more remote communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“While natural gas has historically been transmitted by pipelines, the high cost of laying pipe has seen an increase in ‘virtual pipeline’ solutions for the transmission of natural gas.

“These solutions typically involve gas being transported to a storage location on the outskirts of a town, then entering the reticulation network for supply to homes and businesses.”

“Innovative CNG and LNG natural gas reticulation options planned for Victoria would become a template for unlocking the potential of regional communities right across regional and rural Australia,” Mr Ryan said.

“Victoria is leading the nation in breaking down the barriers for country communities to receive the benefits of accessing secure reticulated natural gas. I welcome the Federal Coalition’s support and I look forward to this initiative being delivered.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au.

Ryan reaffirms gas commitment for all 14 priority towns

* * - Monday, July 01, 2013
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan has reaffirmed the Victorian Coalition Government‟s commitment to delivering natural gas to Victoria‟s 14 priority towns through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Speaking in Parliament last week, Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had made significant progress in delivering natural gas to the 14 priority towns, having reached agreements with a number of communities.

The 14 priority towns include Avoca, Lakes Entrance, Invermay, Winchelsea, Heathcote, Orbost, Warburton, Marong, Bannockburn, Terang, Maldon, Huntly, Wandong-Heathcote Junction and Koo Wee Rup.

The Regional Growth Fund’s $100 million Energy for the Regions Program also includes a major upgrade of Mildura‟s natural gas supply capacity and $1 million for a feasibility study into delivering natural gas to Murray River communities.

“The Coalition Government has already reached agreements to deliver gas to Huntly, Bannockburn, Avoca, Winchelsea and Wandong-Heathcote Junction, and to augment the current supply to Mildura,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was rolling out its strategy to deliver natural gas to the priority towns through a three stage process.

“The first stage, which involved direct negotiation with gas distribution businesses is complete, with agreement reached in Mildura and Huntly,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are currently in the second stage which has seen agreements reached in Bannockburn, Avoca, Winchelsea and Wandong-Heathcote Junction, with negotiations for additional communities expected to be finalised shortly.”

Mr Ryan said the third stage would involve rolling out natural gas to the remaining communities using alternative delivery solutions, including compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“Shortlisted energy companies will be invited to participate in a Tender and the intention is that those remaining priority towns, not included as part of the first two stages, will be connected to natural gas via this stage,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said that CNG and LNG reticulated systems provide the same level of capacity, affordability and convenience for households, small business and industry as connecting to conventional piped gas from the grid.

“While natural gas has historically been transmitted by pipelines, the high cost of laying pipe has resulted in an increasing incidence of „virtual pipeline‟ solutions for the transmission of natural gas,” Mr Ryan said.

“These solutions typically involve the gas being transported by road to the outskirts of a town and from there it enters the reticulation network.

“The benefits of CNG/LNG delivery solutions include their inherent flexibility to accommodate future growth in demand through a ramp up in gas production and more frequent supply trips, as well as the potential to connect the reticulated network to the wider gas pipeline network at a later stage.”

Wandong-Heathcote Junction to be connected to natural gas

* * - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

More than 450 homes and businesses in Wandong-Heathcote Junction will soon have access to cheaper and cleaner energy, with the Victorian Coalition Government and Envestra reaching an agreement to connect the town to the state’s natural gas network.

Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan announced the agreement today, another triumph of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – $1 billion quarantined for regional and rural spending.

“This excellent project will see more than 450 Wandong-Heathcote Junction households and businesses get the option to switch to natural gas, which generally costs about one-third the price of bottled gas,” Mr Ryan said.

“These savings will spur development in Wandong-Heathcote Junction, making it more attractive to residents and businesses. It is an example of the Coalition Government building for growth, and investing in a prosperous future for this important regional community.

“Envestra will oversee construction of approximately 1.3 kilometres of supply and trunk pipeline and more than 11 kilometres of reticulation pipeline to connect the town to natural gas, and the network can be extended as Wandong-Heathcote Junction grows.

“Opportunities to develop existing businesses and establish new ones will give the local economy a significant boost, and lead to a better quality of life for residents.

“The Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, set aside specifically for regional and rural spending, has delivered yet another victory for regional and rural Victorians.”

Mr Ryan said it was estimated that Wandong-Heathcote Junction would have access to natural gas by the end of 2015, pending approval from the Australian Energy Regulator.

“In order for the development agreement to be completed, Envestra is conducting a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study to finalise a detailed project design and costs,” Mr Ryan said.

“The FEED study commenced in April and is expected to be completed in July 2013, with the aim being to have Wandong-Heathcote Junction connected to natural gas by 2015.”

Meanwhile, Mr Ryan said Labor’s regional spokesperson Jacinta Allan, along with Labor member for Northern Victoria Candy Broad and Federal Labor MP for McEwen Rob Mitchell, should apologise to the people of Wandong-Heathcote Junction for their blatant scaremongering and dog-whistle politics.

“Ms Allan, Ms Broad, Mr Mitchell and Labor deliberately created uncertainty in the Wandong-Heathcote Junction business community for the sake of some cheap political points. They have aimed to create the impression that the Coalition would not deliver gas, repeatedly trying to scare Wandong-Heathcote Junction residents and businesses,” Mr Ryan said.

“Labor confirmed in 2010 that it would connect no more regional towns to gas. The Coalition Government has delivered, no thanks to the constant claims it couldn’t be done – and whingeing and whining – from Labor.”

For more information about Wandong-Heathcote Junction’s connection, please visit http://www.envestra.com.au.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

 

les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au  

 

Stronger coal seam gas regulation to safeguard Gippsland communities

* * - Friday, August 24, 2012

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced tough new reforms to further safeguard the interests of communities, the environment and food production in the exploration for coal seam gas, Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said that alternative sources of natural gas presented potential economic benefits and new jobs for Gippsland communities, however the Coalition would not allow new industries to threaten local livability, the environment or food production.

The reforms which come into effect immediately are:

  · a hold on the issuing of all new exploration licenses for coal seam gas until the upcoming national framework proposals have been considered; 

  · a hold on all approvals to undertake hydraulic fracturing (‘fraccing’) as part of onshore gas exploration and; 

  · a ban on the use of BTEX chemicals (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) in any mineral exploration activities in Victoria.

The Coalition Government will also: 

  · seek to strengthen resource policy and legislation to ensure better consideration of mixed land use issues during the application process for coal seam gas exploration activity; and 

  · use impact statements at the exploration stage in circumstances where there will be a significant material impact on the environment, to better manage mixed land use issues for all minerals exploration, including brown coal and coal seam gas. This power currently exists under section 41A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

“Impact statements and more work on policy and legislation will further safeguard areas of agricultural significance and address mixed land use issues in food production regions such as Gippsland.”

Mr Ryan said these new reforms would be reviewed once ongoing work by the States and Commonwealth on a national framework for coal seam gas was completed.

“The national framework process is looking at the best methods for the regulation of the coal seam gas industry, including water management and monitoring, well design and integrity, hydraulic fracturing chemical use and industry and community engagement.

“In anticipation of the new national standards the Coalition is toughening already stringent laws to ensure Victoria continues to have the toughest safeguards in Australia.

“These reforms follow the announcement in June 2012 that Victoria had signed a National Partnership Agreement with the Commonwealth on coal seam gas and large coal mining development.

“Under the National Agreement, the newly established Independent Expert Scientific Committee will commence a Gippsland regional scale study into water and water dependent eco-systems.

“This study will provide a firm scientific basis to enable the Government to better regulate for future coal seam gas exploration and production to ensure there is no long term risks to ground water aquifers.”

Mr Ryan said that the new reforms are in addition to Victoria’s already tough regulatory framework that includes Victoria’s Environmental Protection Policy under the Environment Protection Act 1970 which does not allow discharge (from exploration and mining activities) that will pollute groundwater.

“Exploration for coal seam gas in Victoria is at a very early stage. There is currently no coal seam gas production in Victoria. While the location of Victoria’s coal existing resources is well known, the amount of any associated gas and the feasibility of extraction are very much unknown.” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the extraction of natural gas, both onshore and offshore, had been safely regulated by the Victorian Government for more than 40 years, protecting both local communities and the environment while providing an affordable source of energy for households and business.

“By shielding communities and the environment from potential negative affects Victoria can open the way for opportunities to provide long term supply of cheap energy, create new local jobs and deliver more economic activity for local communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“The community doesn’t want new sources of gas and energy at any price. That’s why the Government will ensure that any future development of Victoria’s resources is carried out in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 108 870

Delivering energy for the regions

* * - Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Coalition Government has today announced details of the next phase of the rollout of its $100 million Energy for the Regions program.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the innovative strategy would explore new opportunities to get energy and infrastructure sectors focused on delivering natural gas to communities in regional and rural Victoria.

“Over the past 12 months, Regional Development Victoria and its independent technical advisers have been engaged in a rigorous process of reviewing bids received from gas suppliers as part of the first direct negotiation phase,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are very pleased to announce that through this process, the Coalition Government has successfully reached agreement for two regional gas projects in Mildura and Huntly.

“Now the government is stepping up its campaign with a broadened strategy to engage natural gas suppliers to deliver natural gas to other priority areas.”

Mr Ryan said the expanded strategy would explore both conventional and alternative options for the delivery of reticulated natural gas to communities and industry in regional Victoria.

“The uncertain economic climate impacted on the direct bidding process, which ultimately did not elicit the strong response we had anticipated for a number of communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new strategy will look at a wider range of options, such as proposals to decant and transport Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the outskirts of regional towns or industrial estates, reducing the significant costs involved in the construction of major pipelines and associated infrastructure.”

Mr Ryan said the expanded strategy, due to commence in the second half of 2012, would include a plan to offer gas distributors a fixed subsidy ‘bounty’ amount to supply priority towns.

“The ‘bounty’ offer will utilise information gained through the process to date along with work separately completed by RDV’s technical advisers,” Mr Ryan said.

“In addition, bids will be invited from the market for a CNG/LNG delivery system and local town reticulation networks.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government remained strongly committed to providing more regional Victorians with access to natural gas.

“Connecting homes and businesses to a more dependable energy source that is cheaper and better for the environment will have many benefits to regional and rural Victorians,” Mr Ryan said.

“With a positive result for the people of Huntly and Mildura now achieved, the government will focus on the delivery of natural gas to other priority communities including Avoca, Lakes Entrance, Invermay, Winchelsea, Heathcote, Orbost, Warburton, Marong, Bannockburn, Terang, Wandong-Heathcote Junction and Maldon.”

Media contact: Clare Siddins 0429 507 541

Huntly and natural gas to make a great connection

* * - Saturday, May 12, 2012
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan today announced that agreement had been reached with SP AusNet to connect Huntly to Victoria’s natural gas network.

Mr Ryan said the $4.5 million project was one of the first to be delivered under the Coalition Government’s $100 million Energy for the Regions Program.

“This is wonderful news for the residents of Huntly, who will soon have access to a dependable energy source that is cheaper and better for the environment,” Mr Ryan said.

“Under the project, SP AusNet will connect the community to Bendigo’s gas network through the construction of new pipelines including:

· laying approximately 3. 5 kilometres of 125mm supply pipeline; and
· laying approximately 13.1 kilometres of 63mm reticulation pipeline.

“While the project is subject to approval by the Australian Energy Regulator, it is expected that natural gas will be available to Huntly and its residents by the winter of 2014.

“In addition to the Huntly project, the Coalition Government has also announced a major upgrade of Mildura’s gas supply capacity today.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s $100 million Energy for the Regions Program would help build greater prosperity and better quality of life for regional Victorians.

“Natural gas is a cheaper and cleaner source of energy that can lower annual household costs by anywhere between $600 and $1200,” Mr Ryan said.

“These savings have major economic benefits, boosting the prosperity of towns and making it easier to establish and grow businesses in regional Victoria.

“The government will now focus on the delivery of natural gas to prioritiy communities including Avoca, Lakes Entrance, Invermay, Winchelsea, Heathcote, Orbost, Warburton, Marong, Bannockburn, Terang, Wandong-Heathcote Junction and Maldon,” Mr Ryan said.

The Energy for the Regions Program is funded through the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Media contact: Clare Siddins 0429 507 541

$50,000 for Leongatha industrial zone investigation

* * - Monday, April 30, 2012
South Gippsland Shire Council will do an economic assessment of the supply and demand for industrial land in Leongatha with the help of $50,000 in Victorian Government funding, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said Leongatha was the major town and industrial centre for South Gippsland and a key service provider to the smaller towns and communities in the region.

“Leongatha is experiencing significant growth and the South Gippsland Shire Council is progressing with a number of residential rezoning projects that have the potential to add approximately 700 to 900 new residences in the area over the next 25 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“With the expansion of major industrial and port activity in South Gippsland Shire, it is critical Leongatha is well placed to service future works.”

Mr Ryan said the Leongatha Industrial Zone Investigation project would assess further sites for potential industrial rezoning.

“The study will be benchmarked against similar reviews undertaken in Gippsland and Melbourne, particularly the recent Wellington Shire Council Industrial Land Review covering, Yarram, Maffra and Stratford,” Mr Ryan said.

“The study is intended to identify and cost infrastructure upgrades for transport routes, gas, water, electricity and sewage, and telecommunications.”

Mr Ryan said the South Gippsland Shire believed a supply of affordable and readily available land could create up to 200 jobs in the industrial sector within 18 months.

“The project will enable South Gippsland Shire Council to plan for the future infrastructure requirements identified in the study,” Mr Ryan said.

“The study will ensure the Council has suitable industrial land available to support the growth of the current businesses in Leongatha and any potential new businesses wanting to locate to Leongatha.

“Identifying and providing suitable areas will reduce economic ‘leakage’ outside the town and district, helping to revitalize the area.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government funding for the $125,000 Leongatha Industrial Zone Investigation project would be provided to South Gippsland Shire Council.

He said the project was expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 108 870

$100M NATURAL GAS FUND TO UNLOCK POTENTIAL OF REGIONAL VICTORIA

Stephanie Ryan - Friday, November 12, 2010
A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will invest $100 million over the next four years to extend natural gas across regional Victoria and encourage greater investment in the regions.

Announcing the Coalition’s Energy for the Regions plan in Avoca today, Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu and Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said the Coalition will build greater prosperity and opportunity and a better quality of life for rural and regional Victorians.

“A Coalition Government will connect homes and businesses to a more dependable energy source that is cheaper and better for the environment,” Mr Baillieu said.

“We will invest $100 million in our first term of government in the Energy for the Regions program to drive new investment in regional communities through new industry and business opportunities.

“It will create more jobs and long-term career opportunities and encourage more people to live and work in regional Victoria,” Mr Baillieu said.

A Coalition Government will fast-track the delivery of natural gas, subject to applications from the relevant councils, to an initial twelve towns including:

  • Avoca
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Invermay
  • Winchelsea
  • Heathcote
  • Orbost
  • Warburton
  • Marong
  • Bannockburn
  • Terang
  • Maldon
  • Huntly

The Energy for the Regions program would also be open to applications from towns across rural and regional Victoria.

“In areas where the extension of reticulated natural gas is currently too expensive for local communities, we will invest funds to leverage the construction of these projects,” Mr Baillieu said.

“It is hard to believe that 40 years after the natural gas network was installed in Victoria and 11 years after Labor came to power, so many of our regional towns still cannot access this valuable and readily available resource.

“There’s something wrong when we can build a pipeline from Gippsland to Tasmania to export natural gas but we can’t connect our own communities to this vital resource,” Mr Baillieu said.

Mr Ryan said the unavailability of natural gas in towns such as Avoca, Lakes Entrance and Heathcote had prevented growth and hindered business.

“Households and businesses in regional Victoria without access to natural gas are forced to use expensive bottled Liquid Petroleum Gas and electricity,” Mr Ryan said.

“Natural gas is a cheaper and cleaner source of energy that can lower household costs by anywhere between $600 and $1200 a year.

“These savings have major economic benefits, boosting the prosperity of towns and making it easier to establish and grow businesses in regional Victoria.”

Mr Ryan said the Energy for the Regions program would be funded through the Coalition’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“Our $100 million commitment includes the $1 million the Coalition announced last week to conduct a feasibility study to connect towns along the Murray River to natural gas,” Mr Ryan said.

“These investments will provide the necessary resources to turn our vision for natural gas into a reality.

“The Coalition’s plan will deliver a brighter and bolder future for regional Victoria with new prosperity, more opportunities and a better quality of life,” Mr Ryan said.

MORE INDUSTRY, JOBS UNDER COALITION’S MURRAY NATURAL GAS PLAN

Stephanie Ryan - Wednesday, November 03, 2010
The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition today unveiled the first step in building a natural gas pipeline along the Murray River as part of a clear plan to boost industry and jobs in northern Victoria.

Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said a Coalition Government would invest up to $1 million to fund a feasibility study into the provision of natural gas to Victoria’s six Murray River regions to drive new industry, business and employment opportunities.

Making the announcement in Swan Hill with local Nationals Members Peter Walsh and Paul Weller, Mr Ryan said towns like Swan Hill and businesses along the Murray should be able to access natural gas.

“In the 21st century, it is absurd that this vast area of regional and rural Victoria is not connected to reticulated natural gas,” Mr Ryan said.

“After 11 years, Labor has neglected this region and its economic potential. A lack of natural gas limits a region’s capacity to attract new industry, encourage economic growth and create career opportunities.

“The Coalition’s pledge to fund a feasibility study for a natural gas pipeline project is the first step in ensuring Murray River communities will be able to access a vital cost-effective energy source alternative to electricity and LPG.

“A ready supply of natural gas will create exciting new tourism and career opportunities and bring more industrial investment into northern Victoria for years to come.

“Delivering the cheaper, more environmentally friendly energy source of natural gas will also ease the cost of living for local families in northern Victoria.

“The Coalition is committed to supporting the needs of our regional communities and we believe residents and businesses along the Murray deserve speedy access to natural gas,” Mr Ryan said.

Communities along the Murray River advocating an extension of the natural gas network are:
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Moira Shire
  • Loddon Shire

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