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Constituency Question: Yarra River Water Quality

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (Question 7632) My )constituency question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on behalf of Paul from South Yarra. Paul asks: what initiatives are being pursued to improve Yarra River water quality?

The Yarra River forms the northern border of the Prahran electorate and, according to the Environment Protection Authority, suffers from poor water quality, particularly around South Yarra and the Prahran main drain outfall. Water quality is being impacted by the increased development; increased site coverage; loss of green spaces and trees; increased impervious surfaces, which increases stormwater run-off; waste, particularly plastics and organic waste, which is entering the stormwater system; contamination from poor sewerage connections; and the continued native forest logging that is still occurring in the Yarra River water catchments. There have been a number of local initiatives to improve local water quality, such as the Yarra River biodiversity project and ensuring commercial food waste is properly disposed of. The Victorian Greens have also released our Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016 for consultation, which would significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste — —

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The honourable member's time has expired.