Senator Zed Seselja has today welcomed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham’s announcement that the Coalition Government would be providing an $85m fund to help clean up Canberra’s lakes and waterways.
This fund will be provided in cooperation with the ACT Government and will come from the state priority project funding envelope committed to the ACT as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
“I am very pleased that the federal government has completed the project agreement today, and we can start to improve the waterways so all Canberrans can enjoy them,” stated Senator Zed Seselja.
The fund will establish a comprehensive water quality monitoring system to assist in improving the overall health of the waterways. This information will then be used to understand the issues and to develop effective long-term solutions to cleaning up the waterways.
“Canberrans are lucky to have many large waterways at the heart of our city and I know many people who have been prevented from enjoying our lakes and rivers due to their condition. This fund will be an important part of ensuring that Canberra families can get out on the water and enjoy all that it has to offer,” concluded Senator Seselja.