Basin Plan

High turnout at water recovery consultations, as Government extends consultations

27 October 2018

Andrew Miller, Stock & Land
27 October 2018

Victorian Farmers Federation Water council chairman Richard Anderson says he’s concerned the Federal government appears to be “steaming ahead” with plans to recover an additional 450 gigalitres of water, as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Mr Anderson said the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources public consultations on additional socioeconomic criteria for on-farm projects across northern Victoria led to a high turnout of representatives from dairy, horticulture, rice and manufacturing from Victoria and New South Wales.

“The large turnout of farmers from both sides of the Murray River demonstrated the high level of concern about recovering more water through on-farm projects,” Mr Anderson said.’

Under the Plan, delivering the additional 450 gigalitres is dependent upon the water being recovered with neutral or positive socioeconomic impacts.

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