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
They may be small and rare, but they attract hordes of loyal enthusiasts from American chat show hosts to Shepparton car buffs.
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.
Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs John Geary will attend a memorial for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment (Vietnam) Association.
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.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.