funding for water infrastructure

$14m in Victorian water funding

Minister for Water Lisa Neville made the announcement on 18 October, stating the funding would boost regional water security by investing in high priority projects across Victoria. 

“We need to adapt to our changing climate and increased demand for water – so we can continue supporting agriculture, industry and jobs while ensuring we have water for environmental, cultural and recreational use,” said Neville. 

The $14.1 million Integrated Water Management grants will run over three years, with $11 million dedicated to infrastructure projects and the remainder on feasibility studies and business case development.

Grants are open to more than 100 organisations including local governments, Traditional Owner groups, water corporations and catchment management authorities.

Successful projects from previous Integrated Water Management grants include Tarralla Creek Stormwater Harvesting System in Croydon, which will deliver 13 megalitres of water savings through use of alternative water to irrigate parkland with the Government providing $1.57 million towards the $2.59 million project.

Round one of the new grants program has now opened for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. 

For more information visit the Victorian Government website. 

Outgoing Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson

Infrastructure Victoria CEO steps down

“It is with mixed feelings that I confirm Infrastructure Victoria’s inaugural CEO, Michel Masson, will end his tenure with the organisation at the end of this month,” a spokesperson for the company stated. 

Masson led the company from 2016 to present, during which time he established Infrastructure Victoria as an independent voice on a range of infrastructure issues. 

Under Masson’s leadership, the company presented Victoria’s Infrastructure Strategy 2021-2051 to the Victorian Parliament in August this year. 

This was the second statewide 30-year strategy completed under Masson’s stewardship to future proof Victoria’s infrastructure. 

The Victorian Government issued a statement last Friday acknowledging the tenure of the inaugural CEO.

“During Mr Masson‘s time as chief executive officer, Infrastructure Victoria has outlined ways in which Victoria can make the most of existing infrastructure, while also ensuring new infrastructure delivers maximum value,” the statement read. 

Treasurer Tim Pallas thanked Masson for his productive and strategic leadership over the last five years. 

“Michel has done a fantastic job guiding Infrastructure Victoria in its crucial first years, helping to inform our state’s record infrastructure program,” Pallas said. 

According to Infrastructure Victoria, under Masson’s guidance the building authority influenced more government policy and decision-making than ever before. 

More than 90 per cent of the 137 recommendations from the company’s first 30-year strategy are now complete or in progress, constituting a strong impact record. 

Infrastructure Victoria is now a recognised leader in deliberative engagement across a range of complex and challenging topics such as zero emissions vehicles, recycling infrastructure, port capacity, gas infrastructure and population-serving infrastructure for the Suburban Rail Loop.

Infrastructure Victoria acknowledges Masson’s enduring impact on team culture and thanks him for his dedication to the organisation. 

“It has been an honour and privilege to lead Infrastructure Victoria in contributing to robust policy decisions and a better future for all Victorians,” said Masson. 

“I am immensely proud of the talented and passionate team at Infrastructure Victoria who have continuously demonstrated the value of independent, transparent, evidence based advice.”

Deputy CEO Jonathan Spear will serve as Acting CEO while the organisation undertakes a formal search process. 

Masson will continue as CEO until 4 November 2021.

For more information visit the Infrastructure Victoria website