Legislative Council: Thursday, March 09, 2023


Question Time

Eyre Peninsula Desalination Project

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:19): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Primary Industries a question regarding the government's announcement of Billy Lights Point as a location of the EP desal plant.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: On Tuesday, just two days prior to the public announcement, in response to a question asked in this chamber on the EP desalination plant, the minister said, and I quote:

I am advised that the SA Water board and the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water will consider the available information, which includes that from the site selection committee and also from the Marine Science Review Panel, to make a final decision regarding a proposed plant location.

My question to the minister is: was she aware of the minister's decision to choose Billy Lights Point as the site for the EP desal plant when she made this statement to the chamber on Tuesday?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:20): I thank the honourable member for her question. As she quoted, that is what I was advised.