Damian Drum MP

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray

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Snowy Hy­dro 2.0

I wel­come the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s plan to se­cure Aus­tralia’s fu­ture elec­tric­ity needs by ex­pand­ing the Snowy Moun­tains Hy­dro Scheme.

Snowy Hy­dro 2.0 will be a ‘gamechanger’, in­creas­ing the gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity by 50% and help­ing to make re­new­ables more re­li­able.

We have a three-tiered ap­proach to en­ergy pol­icy, which in­volves en­sur­ing re­li­able ac­cess to en­ergy, main­tain­ing en­ergy af­ford­abil­ity and meet­ing our Paris Agree­ment com­mit­ments.

The ex­pan­sion of Snowy Hy­dro is ex­pected to take about four years and will add enough en­ergy to the Na­tional Elec­tric­ity Mar­ket to power half a mil­lion homes.

De­liv­er­ing for Echuca

I re­cently an­nounced the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment would pro­vide $350,000 to Com­mu­nity Liv­ing & Respite Ser­vices (CLRS) in Echuca for its Open­ing Doors Project.

The project will pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion to those with a dis­abil­ity in a ded­i­cated new fa­cil­ity on Eyre Street.

I’m also de­lighted that the con­struc­tion of the new Echuca Moama Bridge is fi­nally un­der­way, with the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment re­cently hand­ing over $97 mil­lion in fund­ing to the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment for the bridge’s con­struc­tion.

I ex­pect that the en­tire project will be com­pleted in late 2020, weather per­mit­ting.

De­signs for new SAM

We will soon learn what the new Shep­par­ton Art Mu­seum de­sign will look like.

A panel has spent sev­eral months de­lib­er­at­ing over the five short-listed de­signs.

The new SAM is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments work­ing to­gether, with the Coali­tion con­tribut­ing $10 mil­lion to the project.

Photo: CLRS Pres­i­dent Bren­dan Ho­gan, CEO Suzanne Barry and Damian Drum MP.

Photo: Damian Drum MP with Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull

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