Basin Plan, Dairy

Dairy farmers join criticism of Gunbower Forest watering

17 August 2018

Andrew Miller, Stock and Land
17 August 2018

Dairy farmers in Victoria’s Gunbower region have joined growing calls, from NSW irrigators, for the release of environmental water to farmers, to grow much-needed crops.

Up to 82 Gigalitres of water is being delivered to the Gunbower Forest, between mid-June and the end of November, a decision questioned by Cohuna dairy farmer Jodie Hay.

“The water currently being poured into the Gunbower forest in one day would keep a local 300 cow dairy farm operating for a year,” Ms Hay said.

“This equates to roughly $1 million for the local economy, not to mention the flow on benefits to the regional and national economies.”

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