A water recovery strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan released yesterday shows the Federal Government’s intention to reduce buy-backs, which have been capped at 1500GL.June 3, 2014 2:55am
Southern Riverina Irrigators chair John Bradford has welcomed news the Federal Government will seek to keep water buy-backs to 1300 gigalitres.
He said it was ‘‘200 billion litres’’ less than what could be taken out of production under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
A water recovery strategy for the basin plan released yesterday shows the government’s intention to reduce buy-backs, which have been capped at 1500GL.
Parliamentary Secretary for Environment Simon Birmingham believes with full delivery of its intended water savings via infrastructure projects and environmental works, the cap could be reduced.
It is expected to be achieved by spending $2.3 billion on water saving infrastructure projects in the next four years.
Mr Bradford said it was ‘‘very positive’’ and must be implemented ‘‘soon’’.
‘‘We’ve been lobbying politicians for a long time to emphasise the effects of the bucket of consumptive water being reduced by the government,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve always said if they keep on taking productive water from this area the result would be a man-made drought.
‘‘We saw how bad it was when this area had no water and we don’t want that to happen again.
‘‘Taking water out of farms is detrimental to this area and this reflects that politicians are listening – it gives a bit of confidence back to farmers.’’
Senator Birmingham said the Coalition Government’s strategy delivers on commitments to provide greater certainty to businesses and communities.
‘‘Unlike the previous Labor Government, who simply went on a reckless spending spree, we will pursue focused, strategic and targeted initiatives, focusing first on the opportunities for infrastructure investment and efficiency projects to deliver water for the environment,’’ he said.
Water buy-backs will continue, but at a significantly slower pace.
Senator Birmingham said the focus would be on high priority, strategically important purchases, including groundwater purchases in south eastern Queensland.
‘‘One of the Australian Government’s key priorities is to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin remains Australia’s primary foodbowl,’’ he said.
‘‘We want to see our nation producing as much food and fibre as we can sustainably achieve for the Australian people and for export to the world.’’
A copy of the strategy is available at http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/water-recovery-strategy-murray-darling-basin.
Disability organisation ConnectGV is having its fourth annual gala dinner fundraiser on March 13.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
Despite the cash-strapped Federal Government tightening its belt, Tongala Age Care has bucked the trend and secured $1 million for a significant expansion of its facility.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Ellen ‘Nell’ Farrell has exactly 100 reasons to celebrate, as today marks her 100th birthday.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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.