A syndicate of Rochester district farmers have organised their own co-operative stock and domestic water supply after the closure of the Campaspe irrigation district.GEOFF ADAMS November 28, 2012 12:00pm
Peter Walsh, Minister for Agriculture, Bruce Macague and Llew Vale from G-MW at the opening of the Campaspe Stock and domestic system.
After years of zero or small allocations from the Eppalock storage, most of the Campaspe irrigators opted to wind up irrigation in their area and take compensation packages.
But some of them also had a long-term plan to maintain access to water, and this season a group of 40 farmers has successfully established their own Campaspe West stock and domestic scheme.
It was officially opened by Water Minister Peter Walsh last Friday at the pump site next to Waranga Mallee Channel close to Northern Hwy.
Scheme chairman and farmer Bruce Macague said the piped system offered a more reliable and cleaner water supply for domestic and stock purposes.
The project will come under the administration of another farmer-owned syndicate at Campaspe East, but the finances and costs will be kept separate.
‘‘We were able to use the experience of the people in the other scheme to help us get this scheme going,’’ Mr Macague said.
The Campaspe West users will have a $125/Ml fixed charge with other variable charges depending on the costs through the year. The pipe will go to about 60 outlets.
Mr Walsh commended the scheme committee and Goulburn-Murray Water for working together to deliver an important project.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller said it was a good example of sensible co-operation and negotiation which had secured a reliable water supply.
A local driver took the sign ‘‘drive through’’ a bit too seriously on Monday night when he crashed into the Cricketers Arms Hotel bottle shop at Mooroopna about 8pm.
In a tight tense affair, the Yarrawonga Pigeons have defeated the Wodonga Bulldogs by 28 points at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Sam Lowndes might have been the youngest member of the North-Eastern Knights under 13 hockey side, but he still made a big impact at the Junior State Hockey Championships in Melbourne last week.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
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Scores of local farmers and concerned community groups will travel to Barham today to protest the Murray Darling Basin Plan in front of key Senators and Members of Parliament.
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Last week work began on dismantling the historic Cobram Saleyards, marking the end of an era.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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