Victorian gov't to fail on regional gas needs, opposition says
The Victorian government won't be able to connect regional towns to gas and will thus be breaking an election promise.
The opposition claims that the Baillieu administration is looking for suppliers to provide a network to Orbost and Lakes Entrance, but documents they've obtained show no gas suppliers want to be involved, the ABC reports.
Spokeswoman for the opposition Jacinta Allen told the public broadcaster that freedom of information laws allowed them to obtain the papers which show the government will fail the people who were promised such infrastructure.
She commented: "A commitment that they knew was very difficult to deliver and now in Government they're receiving advice that it is very, very challenging to connect these communities to natural gas.
"But they've set up a process so that these communities are being strung along for years without gas ever actually being delivered to their households."
The state government however, says that regional Victoria won't be ignored and that they've extended the deadline to find a supplier until tomorrow (December 14). Gas companies are being offered $100 million for their services.
Internal documents suggest that a network could be feasible through a public-private consortium.
Posted by Callum Fleming