agriculture

Water

Water buybacks need a wider review

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is calling for bipartisan support of a judicial review of all water buybacks from 2008 onwards. “Water buybacks have a disastrous impact on rural communities and threaten the viability of agricultural businesses. Buybacks take water…

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Tony Burke ignores rural communities

Tony Burke’s suggestion to undo agreed positions of the Basin Plan if Labor is elected highlights his party’s total disregard for rural communities, rural people and rural jobs. “Buybacks of water have shown to have disastrous impacts on rural communities…

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VFF shocked at reactionary Federal Labor

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is today calling for all parliamentarians to vote against a proposed private members bill, to be introduced by Labor, to remove the 1500 GL cap on purchasing water to fulfil the obligations of the Murry-Darling…

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Mandatory Code consultation expanded in Victoria

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has today announced three forums in Victoria for round two of the Mandatory Code of Conduct consultation process, following strong advocacy by Victorian dairy farmers. In round two of consultation, farmers can provide…

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Basin Plan Progress but more to do

Common sense has prevailed today at the Murray Darling Ministerial Council with all State and Commonwealth Water Ministers agreeing to socio-economic criteria that properly determines whether water recovery projects have a neutral or positive affect on regional communities. “We’ve been…

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Risks to water delivery growing

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) calls on the Murray-Darling Ministerial Council to urgently undertake a review of water deliveries to ensure irrigators will not be restricted during critical peak summer demand. The VFF believes the risk that water will not…

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Basin plan destroys wealth of rural communities

Victorian irrigators would be about one billion dollars richer if they sold their water to the Commonwealth today rather than in 2008. The Victorian Farmers Federation has compared the price the Commonwealth Government paid for water in 2008 as part…

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VFF welcomes States’ Basin Plan criteria

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has welcomed the new Basin Plan socio-economic criteria developed by the Victorian and New South Wales governments. At the same time, the VFF has criticised the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for creating…

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Irrigation dairy farmers put at risk by dirty deal

The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria throws its support behind the Victorian Farmers Federation Water Council in the fight to protect Victorian farmers in the Murray Darling Basin. The UDV believes the Federal Government and all State Governments must not be…

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Don’t leave Victoria out of the Basin Plan deal

The Victorian Farmers Federation is urging the Federal Government not to sell Victorian irrigators down the river at the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting on Friday June 8. Last month’s deal between the Federal Government and Opposition resulted in…

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