LETTER: Well done Lisa Neville for taking action

The Victorian Farmers Federation applauds Minister for Water Lisa Neville for prioritising the protection of the Murray River and existing irrigators by limiting new water licences in the lower Murray region.

This is fantastic news for farmers and river communities that rely on the health of the Murray River.

Victoria is now leading the Basin States in prioritising the health of the River and protecting the industries that depend on it. It is critical that New South Wales and South Australia take action now so we can collectively put a pause on the rapid expansion of water licences, review water trading rules, and then decide how to move forward in a way that protects everyone.

Careful management of water licences in the lower Murray will not only protect irrigators in that section of the river, but also farmers in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District that have had a large amount of their water traded downstream.

Richard Anderson,

VFF Water Council chairman