Sydney Water Twitter Account

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SpeakersPresident; Lynn The Hon Charlie; Pearce The Hon Greg
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The Hon. CHARLIE LYNN: My question is directed to the Minister for Finance and Services, and Minister for the Illawarra. Will the Minister update the House on Sydney Water's Twitter account?

The Hon. GREG PEARCE: That is a good question from a member who is interested in what is happening. I am pleased to inform the House that the Illawarra will be the first region to receive Sydney Water's new Twitter project to update messages. Residents will be about to stay in touch with the progress of the next project in Sydney Water's $30 million SewerFix Program at Gwynville. The use of this contemporary technology will be a valuable resource to further improve consultation with the community.

The Hon. Luke Foley: The first message: "Greg Pearce has turned his tap off."

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will come to order. I call the Hon. Sophie Cotsis to order for the second time.

The Hon. GREG PEARCE: Sydney Water currently distributes timely information in newsletters and letters to the community, posts on its website and consults with councils and other relevant authorities. Recognising that people communicate in different ways, Twitter is another way in which Sydney Water can stay in touch with its customers. This is an example of a Government moving with the times. It is an example of how technology can be used by Government to ensure that residents are getting the important information they need. Indeed, many members of this House enjoy using Twitter to communicate. On her Twitter page the Hon. Penny Sharpe lists the so-called achievements of 16 years of Labor. What was she able to list? She was able to identify one rail line that was completed in 16 years under the former Government. That was the Chatswood to Epping rail link, which was originally promised as the Parramatta to Epping rail link in 1998, to be delivered in 2006 at a cost of $1.4 billion.

The Hon. Lynda Voltz: Point of order: I distinctly recall that the question related to Twitter accounts and Sydney Water. The Minister has not got within a bull's roar of that.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Although the Minister is permitted to make general comments, his answer should be generally relevant to the question he was asked.

The Hon. GREG PEARCE: I was giving some examples of Twitter. Sydney Water is one example and I am using other examples. On the Hon. Penny Sharpe's Twitter page she mentioned as a so-called achievement of 16 years of Labor the Epping to Chatswood rail link. Only half the line was delivered, it was three years late and it was double the cost. Unlike the former Government, the O'Farrell-Stoner Liberal-Nationals Government envisages technology as a tool for providing the information that New South Wales residents need to make informed decisions. We will not dwell on the 16 years of waste and lost opportunities under Labor; to do that, I would have to challenge Mr David Shoebridge's six hour record for a speech.

The Sydney Water Gwynville Twitter project is a first that will allow residents to be kept informed of local Sydney Water projects in their area. The project is part of the $30 million SewerFix Program, which has 22 projects that aim to reduce the frequency of wet weather sewage overflows. I am sure members will be interested to know that Sydney Water is installing new piping around Mercury Road and Wiseman Park. Members can visit Sydney Water's Twitter account, as well as Sydney Water's SewerFix website, which is I suggest that members spend a fair bit of time at that site.