The VFF has welcomed a new draft for a state water bill.January 7, 2014 9:00am
VFF water policy chairman Richard Anderson said the proposed changes to the Water Act were a positive move for water law transparency.
‘‘What’s most important in this redraft is that there are no changes to the tenure or volume of existing water entitlements,’’ Mr Anderson said.
‘‘It also consolidates on previous versions of the Act, making it easier to understand. This is vital for irrigators, stock and domestic users and provides ongoing security.’’
The review has brought the Water Act 1989 and the Water Industry Act 1994 into a single new streamlined Water Act that reflects contemporary practice in water management and government policy.
In particular, the VFF welcomed sections of the bill that lengthened licence terms by up to 20 years — where previously the maximum was 15 years, with some licences only one to five years — and empower the minister to demand new plantation owners obtain a take-and-use licence to offset the additional water they intercept in stressed catchments.
The Exposure Draft gives Victorians a chance to provide feedback on the proposed changes before they are passed as law.
Submissions on the draft are due by February 14.
Federal funding for the $103
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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