Plans to dump the Golburn River constraints plan have been welcomed by regional farmers.
A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has been set up to look at better management, governance and use of environmental water, throughout the state.
As part of delivering the Connections Project – Victoria’s largest water modernisation project – $100 million dollars of works are being undertaken in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID) this winter.
Murray Basin states and the Commonwealth are close to an agreement on the final water savings, due to be delivered by the end of the month, according to Victorian Water minister Lisa Neville.
THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has welcomed an independent analysis of Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDPB) efficiency measures, aiming to show any socio-economic impacts involved in water recovery, over and above the legal requirements.
Claims the amount of environmental water being held in Victoria’s dams was disadvantaging irrigators have been dismissed by Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) David Papps.
Independent policy advisory company Aither has reported a huge volume of irrigation water being carried over, into the coming season.
Irrigators in the Koyuga south area have slammed a decision to desilt one of the region’s main channels, as a waste of time.
IRRIGATORS have been the obvious benefactors from the Farm Water Program, led by the Goulburn Broken CMA, but there’s also been a positive flow-on effect for related industries.
Demand for space to “park” irrigation water is outstripping supply, throughout northern Victoria, as farmers seek to gain security for up to two years.