Victorian Farmers support accountable environmental water usage
Tuesday 29 August, 2017
The Victorian Farmers Federation supports sustainable growth for rural communities along river systems – farming and rural towns, the environment and native flora and fauna, and the economy.
On Friday, the VFF delivered the state government inquiry into the management, governance and use of environmental water a clear message.
“Carryover is a critical tool for all entitlement holders, however regulated water spills (for flood mitigation) must be calculated as part of a water holder’s environmental water seasonal determination”, said Richard Anderson, VFF Water Council Chair.
“Ultimately, the environment benefits from regulated water spills. These spills often already correspond with seasonal watering plans, and environmental water holders can divert these flows to the areas of their choosing”
Key points raised by the VFF in its submission include:
A copy of the full submission can be downloaded from the VFF website.
Chaired by Josh Bull, MP, the Victorian Government Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee is seeking community and water user input into blackwater events, water management such as carryover, barriers to water efficiency and the impact of fees and charges. The government will report back by June 2018.
Richard Anderson, VFF Water Council, 0428 832 210
Jessica Purbrick-Herbst, VFF Engagement, 0448 010 918