Member for Morwell Russell Northe has today congratulated Latrobe City Council following its passing of a resolution calling for the State Government to undertake a detailed feasibility study to consider all options of retaining Hazelwood Pondage as a community asset.
Last night’s Council meeting saw four resolutions passed demonstrating Council’s support in retaining the Pondage as a recreational facility for our region.
1. Requests the Mayor write to the Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews, requesting the government fund a detailed feasibility study on all available options in retaining the Hazelwood Pondage, as recreationally accessible waterway, which may include at the newly reduced 2.7m water level; and
2. Request the Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews write to ENGIE, to cease all planned and unplanned works on the Hazelwood Pondage, that might jeopardise the future use of the waterway, as recreationally accessible waterway; and
3. Include all local State and Federal Government politicians in the communications to the Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews; and
4. Reiterate Councils support for the retention of the Hazelwood Pondage as a recreationally accessible waterway, for use by all, in the Gippsland region and beyond.
“It is very pleasing for stakeholders to know that they have the support of Latrobe City Council in retaining such an important community asset” said Mr Northe.
“The State Government needs to act now without delay and conduct a detailed feasibility study on all available options in retaining Hazelwood Pondage” Mr Northe said.
“As I have previously stated on multiple occasions, I again call upon the Minister and the State Government to urgently conduct a feasibility study on all available options for the Pondage including what the social, recreational and economic benefits the Pondage has provided our community over decades” said Mr Northe.