My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer. The Treasurer announced at the beginning of this month that a partnership has been struck between Barwon Water and the Plenary Environment consortium under the Partnerships Victoria model to build a $76 million biosolids treatment facility. This is another example of successful partnerships between government departments, agencies and the private sector. We do not have a choice about producing biosolids because every thousand litres of sewage that is treated creates 3 kilograms of biosolids. How we use this resource is a very important issue. Not using biosolids increases pollution loads and takes up valuable land and waste resources. Thus I congratulate the Treasurer, Barwon Water and the Plenary Environment consortium on the announcement that continues the Brumby government’s commitment to a greener Victoria.
Of the 52 000 tonnes of biosolids, 44 000 tonnes come from the Black Rock water reclamation plant, which is near the new facility to minimise transportation costs. The facility will transform biosolids into fertiliser, which is an appropriate outcome considering the current drought in regional Victoria. I request that the Treasurer provide me with information about how many jobs the new facility will create and the time line for the completion of that facility.