VFF Water Council Chairman Richard Anderson at the Echuca water meeting

By Country News on March 08, 2017
  • VFF Water Council Chairman Richard Anderson at the Echuca water meeting

    VFF Water Council Chairman Richard Anderson at the Echuca water meeting.

Mr Anderson said the Victorian Government report released in Echuca last week reinforced previous findings regarding the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and called for water to not be taken out of the system.

‘‘There’s gotta be a tipping point where irrigated agriculture cannot afford to lose more water. You’ve got to have a certain amount of water moving through the system to get the price right,’’ he said.

There were a number of issues raised at the meeting, including in regards to the Connections project, and Mr Anderson said it was to be expected.

‘‘There’s always going to be one or two turn up — we’re never going to have everyone happy with a project of this magnitude.’’

However, despite some individuals having issues with the rollout, Mr Anderson said it was an improvement on previous meetings when multiple legacy cases were raised.

‘‘I think people would have sat back and said ‘they’ve made some serious progress’. These old ones where they got stuffed around, they’ve cleaned them up.’’

Mr Anderson said he was impressed with Water Minister Lisa Neville’s approach to the meeting, labelling her ‘‘pretty forthright’’.

‘‘I think she came out a lot stronger than what a lot of people thought she would.’’

Mr Anderson said Ms Neville’s commitment to no more buybacks was ‘‘loud and clear’’ and said he expected she would look out for Victoria’s interests in the future.

By Country News on March 08, 2017
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