CONSTITUENCY QUESTION ON LANDFILL LEVY

My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and it concerns the government’s failure to properly utilise the $511 million—half a billion dollars—collected from Victorians in landfill levies. Recently I attended the launch in Skipton of a waste-to-energy project which is a joint venture between farmers, local governments and small country health facilities. It involves grain stubble being converted to pellets. The pellets are then sold to local health facilities, and they are converted to heating and hot water. This waste-to-energy method is virtually emissions free, and the same principle can be applied to a number of applications, including electricity and utilising other forms of biomass. Given the half a billion dollars sitting in government coffers, I ask the minister to release funds from this tax grab for use in more innovative waste-to-energy projects.