Water managment

Connections concerns justified, say irrigators

19 February 2018

Andrew Miller, Stock & Land
17 February 2018

The independent panel inquiry into Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) had confirmed the serious concerns, raised by Loddon Valley irrigators in the last 18 months, according to the area’s farmers.

The GMW Strategic Advisory Panel, which reviewed the corporation, said it needed to achieve significant annual savings, particularly in the gravity irrigation business.

Gravity irrigation made up just over 50 per cent of GMW’s regulated revenue but about 60pc of its operational costs.

Fernihurst irrigator Ken Pattison said he was “absolutely horrified” as to what the recommendations meant for the Loddon Valley.

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