Dairy farmer Neil Williams asks a questions at the Echuca water meeting

By Country News on March 08, 2017
  • Dairy farmer Neil Williams asks a questions at the Echuca water meeting

    Dairy farmer Neil Williams asks a question at the Echuca water meeting.

Mr Williams has been waiting for almost 10 years for modernisation to arrive at his Kyvalley farm.

The dairy farmer milks between 80 and 100 cows on about 130ha and also uses a 17ha turn-out block which was fitted with a modernised outlet in 2008-09.

But despite numerous investigations by Goulburn-Murray Water and former modernisation organisation NVIRP, the main property remains in the ‘‘too hard basket’’.

Water is supplied to the home block through a culvert which passes under the little used Kyabram-Echuca railway line. The culvert apparently needs to be replaced by a pipe.

‘‘The railway line was owned by a private company and they told me it was going to cost about a million dollars to do it.

‘‘The government later took the line back, but nothing has happened. It’s just been forgotten.’’

More recently, Mr Williams was told the money allocated to the area was diminishing and there might not be enough left to upgrade his access.

He raised his situation at the Echuca meeting last week and was interviewed by G-MW staff immediately after the meeting closed.

By Country News on March 08, 2017

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