Water Wise Information Campaign
Mr HOWARD (Ballarat East)— Last week the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the member for Warrandyte, came to Ballarat to launch the Winter Wise energy information campaign. In a press release, the minister said:
- The Winter Wise campaign builds on the Napthine government’s already substantial investment in practical energy efficiency programs and complements the energy saver incentive scheme.
The Victorian Energy Saver Incentive scheme is also known as the Victorian energy efficiency target, and this scheme, highlighted by the environment minister last week, was in fact abolished two weeks earlier by the Minister for Energy and Resources, the member for Morwell.
According to the state government website, the energy saver incentive scheme, helped the community cut its power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The scheme required energy retailers to reach targets on reduced energy consumption in homes and businesses across the state and initially saw households assisted to replace older light globes with newer energy-efficient globes and saw many other programs established which were making significant progress in reducing household energy bills and reducing carbon gas emissions.
While the Minister for Environment and Climate Change was reintroducing his latest information program, his colleague announced the axing of a much more substantial scheme. Not only does this show that this government is in disarray, with the environment minister talking up a program which had two weeks earlier been cut by his ministerial colleague, it also shows how this government continues to go backward in helping consumers keep their energy bills down.