Kooweerup residents are one step closer to having natural gas delivered to their homes after more than a decade of community advocacy.
Flinders MP and Minister for Innovation Greg Hunt said he was pleased to hear the project had advanced with the recent laying of 11.3 kilometres of reticulation mains across Kooweerup.
Mr Hunt said the former state coalition government had committed $100 million in 2011 towards the Energy for the Regions Program with the aim of providing greater access to natural gas for communities across regional and rural Victoria.
It is expected that the project announced by the former Napthine Coalition government in early 2014 will be completed by April next year and will provide more than 1300 residents and businesses across Kooweerup with piped natural gas.
“The project will provide the region with an affordable and environmentally friendly source of energy and will assist in lowering household power bills,” Mr Hunt said.
“The availability of natural gas could lead to the creation of many new local jobs as existing businesses expand and new businesses are attracted to invest within the region.
“The reticulation of natural gas across the Flinders electorate remains a key focus for many within the community. We have had successes with Lang Lang achieving piped natural gas.
“Residents from Kooweerup have fought for this project for many years and are to be congratulated for their long-term support of this vital piece of infrastructure.”
Originally published at Pakenham Gazette.