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.
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Emily Umbers has been helping members of the Maasai community to get a toilet.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
A great day brought big numbers to Station St in Seymour.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
Access to Ulupna Island has been blocked at key points, leaving local residents and businesses rallying for a re-opening in a bid to save tourism dollars.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the most successful of the Warlukurlangu artists who still live at Yuendumu and enjoys teaching children about aboriginal culture and art.
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