HIGH levels of government have visited Far West NSW to hear first-hand about the water shortages last year and how any changes to the local water systems will affect landholders.
A $3.18-million commitment from the Regional Development Fund will help make water available for agricultural use from the Bundaleer Reservoir.
Southern Riverina irrigation lobby group Speak Up has welcomed the recent Mildura Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council outcome, saying it provided “light at the end of the tunnel.”
Victoria’s Water minister Lisa Neville has said she’s secured an agreement for a comprehensive socio-economic assesssment of the impacts of the southern Murray Darling Basin Plan.
SA Water Minister Ian Hunter expects the Ministerial Council meeting tomorrow (Friday) to continue working toward implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan package agreed in 2012
FAR West NSW landholders are concerned large water releases from the Menindee Lakes system are going to bring a return to the desperately dry times experienced in recent years.
SA River Murray irrigators will receive a 100 per cent water allocation in 2017-18, thanks to the highest spring inflows in 23 years.
Building a Lock Zero at Wellington, before water from the Murray River flows into South Australia’s Lower Lakes, should be on the agenda for Friday’s Ministerial Council in Mildura.
LARGE-SCALE Far West NSW landholder Robert McBride has taken to YouTube to vent his frustration at what he calls “incompetence” in the management of the Menindee Lakes and Lower Darling River.
Planned horticultural developments in the Sunraysia region had the potential to “smash” farmers in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID), according to a Mildura grape grower.