LETTER: Basin ministers reach agreement on water

NORTHERN Victorian communities will be relieved to see an agreement reached between basin ministers guarantees no more water will be recovered from Victoria through on-farm measures.

We know our communities, particularly those in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, can’t afford to lose more water.

This agreement shows Federal Nationals’ Water Minister David Littleproud has listened to our concerns and recognises the significant work Victoria has already done contributing our fair share under the Basin Plan.

It is now critical Daniel Andrews and Lisa Neville are fully transparent on the projects Victoria will put forward as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to finding efficiencies through off-farm projects.

Lisa Neville must also give GMID irrigators a guarantee she won’t trade away the 75GL of water to be returned to irrigators from Stage 1 of the Connections Project.

This water, given to the Commonwealth Government as a down payment for Stage 2 of the Connections Project, must be returned – in full – to our irrigators by the June 2019 deadline.

Steph Ryan,

The Nationals deputy leader and  Opposition spokeswoman for water

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