Irrigators express caution, over the Federal government's planned upgrade of the Snowy scheme.
The Katunga Water Supply Protection Area (WSPA) draft amended Groundwater Management Plan is now available for comment.
The Sunraysia irrigator, who has been highly critical of plans for Murray-Darling River environmental flows, has said last week’s ministerial meeting was further evidence the basin plan was being wound back.
Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) David Jochinke has said he was pleased the proposed socio-economic assessment of the Murray Darling Basin Plan’s impact on the southern basin would be wide ranging.
Irrigators have reacted cautiously to the proposed $2billion expansion of the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme.
Victoria’s Water minister Lisa Neville has said she’s secured an agreement for a comprehensive socio-economic assesssment of the impacts of the southern Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Ahead of Friday’s Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting, the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia strongly encourages the Basin Ministers to work together to find a pathway that achieves the environmental objectives of the Basin Plan, without requiring further productive water recovery.
The principals of a Bendigo based agribusiness company believe by leasing irrigation water, they are attempting to build a capital management product.
Building a Lock Zero at Wellington, before water from the Murray River flows into South Australia’s Lower Lakes, should be on the agenda for Friday’s Ministerial Council in Mildura.
Victoria’s Water Minister, Lisa Neville, has said she would continue to push for a comprehensive socio-economic review of the southern Murray-Darling Basin, at next week’s Mildura ministerial council meeting.