South Australia Shadow Minister for Water and the River Murray Vickie Chapman
Labor Breaks Another Promise! Save The River Murray Levy
Victor P Taffa
Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Snelling have broken a ten year promise to use the Save the River Murray Levy to deliver projects to help the Murray.
When the Levy was established in 2003 then Treasurer, Kevin Foley, guaranteed funds collected would pay for projects to improve the Murray and would not pay for SA’s base contribution to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
That promise was torn up by Treasurer Snelling yesterday in an attempt to prop up a disastrous State Budget.
Funds accumulated from the Levy will now be used to fund 100 % of South Australia’s MDBA contribution and project expenditure will be cut by $5 Million per year.
Shadow Minister for Water and the River Murray, Vickie Chapman, said the broken promise was a signal it was time for the levy to be abolished.
“SA Water customers are being forced to pay a minimum of $38 under the Levy this year.” Ms. Chapman said.
“Money collected by the Levy should be used for projects to support a healthy river system not to pay for the administrative costs of administering the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.”
“If the Levy is not going to be used for actual projects then the Government should not be collecting it.” Ms. Chapman said.