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Ingram welcomes final sign-off on Snowy flows

The Member for Gippsland East, has welcomed news that the legal and political requirements to restore flows to the Snowy River are finally in place

By Craig Ingram - 28th June 2002 - Back to News

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The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed news that the legal and political requirements to restore flows to the Snowy River are finally in place.

"The official corporatisation of the Snowy-Hydro-Scheme today is a milestone achievement that will ensure new life and health will flow to the Snowy again," Mr Ingram said.

"The sign-off of the corporatisation agreements and proclamation of legislation is the culmination of decades of work and lobbying by members of the Snowy River community, spear-headed by the Snowy Alliance.

"I congratulate all the grass-roots campaigners who have dedicated so much of their time and efforts to the Snowy flow campaign.

"The Victorian Government has also worked extremely hard over the last two and a half years to get this agreement through.

"I am thankful to Premier Bracks for his unerring commitment to the Snowy outcome.

"The NSW and Victorian Governments have committed $150 Million each to fund the restoration of up to 21 % flows to the Snowy over 10 years.

"This is a huge step toward meeting the 28% minimum flow target but the campaign must go on to ensure funds and solid time-frames to get to 28% flows are delivered.

"In the meantime we are all looking forward to the day the first water is released to the great river.

"We would warmly welcome the Prime Minister to join in the celebrations and show his genuine commitment to a healthy and sustainable Snowy River by making a contribution to the outcome on behalf of the Commonwealth," Mr Ingram concluded.


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