District consultation bodies for Foodbowl Modernisation have been abolished.GEOFF ADAMS September 11, 2012 4:05am
Community feedback committees for Foodbowl irrigation modernisation have been scrapped at the direction of Victorian Water Minister Peter Walsh.
The committees, which comprised stakeholders in modernisation as well as irrigators, were established for the former Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project.
Originally designed to broaden the input into modernisation, the Central Goulburn and Murray Valley committees had their last meeting in Shepparton last week at a meeting organised by Goulburn-Murray Water, which has taken over modernisation works.
The G-MW water services committees, which have just customer representation, are intended to take over the job.
The water corporation’s Connections project manager George Warne said the former NVIRP had created modernisation committees to ensure community engagement was considered during the modernisation works.
He said there was already an extensive overlap with the two types of committees, and the modernisation committees had largely become redundant.
‘‘In some areas the water service committees and the modernisation committees had almost exactly the same membership.’’
The former chair of the Murray Valley modernisation committee, Barry Croke, said the original charter was to engage the wider community, not just irrigators, in introducing and explaining what benefits modernisation would bring to the district.
‘‘We had representation from the DPI, CMAs and the shires. Modernisation has had a much wider impact than just on irrigators,’’ Mr Croke said.
‘‘Although some modernisation committees might not have had many community representatives, we certainly wanted to maximise the benefits of what was going on.’’
Mr Croke said the only failure of the committees was to engage local government, and shires such as Moira had not embraced the change and had resisted and delayed changes in allowing pipes along public roads.
‘‘I don’t think the municipalities have grasped what modernisation will mean for agriculture,’’ he said.
Mr Warne said after two concluding meetings at Shepparton and Kerang he would be looking at the comments.
He said the water services committees would play a valuable role in relaying progress on modernisation, and they would be engaging other groups involved in modernisation.
He said G-MW would be looking at how it could continue to have broader engagement with the community, but the modernisation committees were wound up on September 1.
Shepparton's unlucky run of events continued on Saturday, drawing in dramatic circumstance with Eltham.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
A WORKING group has been formed to tackle Moama’s housing problems.
ROCHESTER’S mums and bubs fitness class is only in its third week but it has already doubled its enrolment numbers, blowing organisers’ expectations out of the water.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Four generations of Comi girls this Mother's Day
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Members of a Cobram social group have encouraged women to become a part of community groups, committees and boards.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
ix industry and local government representatives, five water services committee members and two community members have been appointed to the new Connections Stakeholder Consultative Committee.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.