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.
Annual Mother's Day Classic event on in Shepparton on Sunday.
The last day of racing before the lake lowering produced results that reflected the skills of the most capable sailors.
Greater Shepparton City Councillors have voted in favour of a new land subdivision in Tatura.
RSVPs for Campaspe Shire’s energy bill workshops close on Friday.
Rochester’s female business heads met Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh on Thursday to discuss businesses and community issues in the district.
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Nagambie and Avenel ratepayers unhappy after learning Strathbogie Shire Council's new plans for rubbish collection.
Although Tocumwal's Dan Ryan is in Nepal, he was not in the path of the disastrous earthquake.
Devastating storms in NSW last week saw SES volunteers from across the district pitch in to help out.
Barooga returns to winning form with a 66-point success against Congupna on the weekend.
The first round of Deniliquin Netball Association’s winter competition on Saturday brought warm weather and eager netballers.
The University of Melbourne’s 2000 ha rural property at Dookie will be profitable and serve an important role as a teaching and research site, the new farm committee chairman said.
91-yr-old Josephine De Fazio couldn't believe it when she dug up a 7.5 kg sweet potato from her Benalla veggie patch.
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