Irrigators using groundwater from the Katunga Water Supply Protection Area stretching across northern Victoria will be disadvantaged under the current Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the Victorian Government has told the Commonwealth.GEOFF ADAMS September 4, 2012 4:06am
Irrigators using groundwater from the Katunga Water Supply Protection Area stretching across northern Victoria will be disadvantaged under the current Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the Victorian Government has told the Commonwealth.
The region already has conservative water extraction plans operating based on research and historical use, the government has argued, in the latest submission to the Commonwealth.
‘‘Victoria and NSW request that the MDBA be enabled to consider increases in specific groundwater SDLs as requested by individual jurisdictions, provided the requesting jurisdiction demonstrates that through the operation of its groundwater management policy settings, the requested increase will not have a detrimental impact on any related surface water resources,’’ the submission said.
The submission said the Authority’s proposed rules restrict the extractions to 70 per cent of the Permissable Consumptive Volumes.
‘‘Victoria considers the MDBA’s decision not to fully recognise Victoria’s PCVs for the Goulburn-Murray sedimentary plain groundwater area is unreasonable, as it conflicts with the recent technical reviews for the Katunga area,’’ the submission said.
Water Minister Peter Walsh said Victoria and NSW are in agreement in asking for a sustainable diversion limit adjustment mechanism to apply in the final Basin Plan to stop irrigation water being stripped from rural communities and food and fibre producers, and to achieve better environmental outcomes.
Victoria and NSW consider that a sustainable diversion limit adjustment mechanism is essential to allow for the outcomes of environmental works and measures, potential changes to current operating rules, and changed river operations to generate an SDL offset of up to 650
‘‘Should there be any shortfall at this point requiring water purchase to bridge the gap to meet the 2750
‘‘Victoria and NSW do not support any further general purchase tenders in our jurisdictions.
‘‘Victoria and NSW considers that only after the 2750
Greater Shepparton businesses have signed up to a new website that helps mothers find breastfeeding-friendly locations.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
Bendigo trainer Debbie Wills was elated on Monday when she scored her maiden career win at Echuca with seven-year-old gelding Favela Star.
Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson was in Rochester for last week’s pop-up session so residents could air their concerns.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Mitchell Shire Council thinks outside the square - and harnesses the power of youth.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Entries are now being taken for the 2014 St Martin Heathcote Wine Show.
Politicians and environmental groups are split over the impacts of coal seam gas extraction, with a community info day planned.
A 15-goal win to CWS was one of the highlights of Deniliquin Netball Association's return round on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
Obituary: Alannah McDonald - Mother, daughter, counsellor, procurer, vet, chief organiser, accountant, gardener, to name just a few. She was the rock of the family.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.