Victorian farmers have called on the Victorian Government to extend its moratorium to all types of unconventional gas exploration for at least another term of government.June 19, 2014 3:00am
Victorian farmers have called on the Victorian Government to extend its moratorium to all types of unconventional gas exploration for at least another term of government.
After a heated debate at last week’s VFF Annual Conference in Melbourne, delegates refused to back a resolution demanding an outright ban on coal seam and other forms of onshore gas development.
Some members warned onshore gas posed huge risks to agriculture, but others wanted more information before coming to any conclusion.
But members were in unison when it came to calling on all political parties and candidates to declare their positions on the development of the state’s onshore gas reserves before the November 29 state election.
VFF land management chair Gerald Leach said: ‘‘Victorian farmers have legitimate concerns about the potential impacts from onshore gas on the environment, and especially ground and surface water.’’
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber applauded the VFF resolution.
‘‘The state government wants to keep this issue under wraps until the election .
The VFF’s Sunraysia Branch was unsuccessful with its resolution to the VFF conference ‘‘that the VFF opposes the extension of the Goods and Services Tax to food’’ and a second opposing ‘‘any increase in the rate of the GST’’.
Most delegates argued the VFF needed to hold off locking itself into a position on the GST until the federation prepared its submission to the Federal Government’s review on tax reform.
The community of Girgarre is ready to realise its musical dreams after receiving a $350 000 Victoria Government Small Town Transformation grant.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
CERES will be moving to a new rhythm on June 10 when Melbourne’s Andrew Swift is joined by the Weeping Willows for a series of performances.
THE Corop Cemetery Trust volunteers are grateful for the volunteer-work from a regional vineyard.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
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.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Local owners stoked with horses success.
Campaspe Shire Council has estimated the direct economic impact to dairy farmers of reduced milk prices at $59 million.
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