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.
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
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.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
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