Dear Editor,

There’s no doubt country communities are suffering under extremely dry conditions, particularly in the Southern Mallee and West Wimmera.

But despite all the Andrews Labor Government’s claims, the fact is that ordering desalinated water from a plant in Gippsland 200 kilometres on the other side of Melbourne will not help drought-stricken farmers across our region.

Daniel Andrews and his Water Minister Lisa Neville know that. But it seems they’ll say anything in their attempts to justify switching on Labor’s desalination plant.

There’s no physical way water from Wonthaggi can be delivered to the Wimmera.

Daniel Andrews has talked about building a pipeline for Wedderburn, but that’s the problem – all he’s done is talk.

If this government was serious about helping drought-stricken farmers, it would get the Wedderburn pipeline underway now.

It would also offer real business support for drought-affected communities, such as rebates for municipal rates and fixed water charges.

But Daniel Andrews and Lisa Neville have chosen politics over people.

They’d rather switch on the desalination plant and try to justify its existence, instead of providing real support to our drought-affected communities.

Emma Kealy

Nationals Member for Lowan