The Hon. Peter Walsh MP
Minister for Water
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
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Contact details for Minister Walsh can be found on the State Parliament website.
The Minister's direction for Victoria
As Minister for Water, Mr Walsh is driving change to deliver better water services, improved local environments and increased liveability in Melbourne and Victoria's regional cities.
The Government is implementing programs to make better use of all water resources, including rainwater, stormwater and recycled water.
This approach will deliver healthier urban waterways, greener open spaces, reduced urban heat island effect, future water security, and less reliance on rural water.
His portfolio includes responsibility for:
- allocation and trading
- irrigation water
- permanent water saving rules and water restrictions
- urban water
- water corporations and governance.
Mr Walsh, Member for Swan Hill and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, was appointed Minister for Water and Minister for Agriculture and Food Security in December 2010.
He was elected to State Parliament in 2002, re-elected in November 2006 and again in November 2010.
He has occupied several Parliamentary Party positions including Spokesperson for Agriculture, Spokesperson for Water, Environment and Climate Change, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Shadow Minister for Country Water Resources.
He is also a member of Parliament's Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Before entering Parliament, Mr Walsh operated a large irrigation and agricultural property at Boort. He has been a board member and President of the Victorian Farmers Federation (1998–2002), a director of a leading fruit and vegetable processing company, and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
He was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the environment in 2003.
News from the Minister
Media releases issued by the Minister can be viewed on the Victorian Government Media Centre.