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.
Assaults and burglaries are the main driver behind a 15.8 per cent increase in crime across Greater Shepparton in the past year, new police statistics show.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Mathoura's battle to keep the grand final is unlikely to be decided today.
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Football high-flyer Travis Auld gave a fascinating insight into AFL at one of his old haunts on Saturday night.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Primary schools celebrated Book Week last week.
As Victorian election approaches Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy fires opening salvos against opponents so far.
Public interest to determine Deniliquin Town Hall refurbishment.
Milk co-operative, Murray Goulburn has posted a record financial result, recording an after tax profit of $29 million.
Ms Malcolm says many people would rather the seat of Euroa was a marginal seat so it would attract more attention and funding.
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