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PAINTED SILO INTEREST:

Visitors from many different parts of Australia are putting the north-east on their tourist trail as word about the silo paintings at Tungamah, Devenish and Goorambat, gets around.

Devenish Silo Art Committee chair Kevin Mitchell said the town had been thrilled with the response to the artwork.

SOLAR QUANDARY:

A special planning panel has been investigating four applications lodged with the City of Greater Shepparton.

Developers want to establish four major solar generators on land within the city with incentives created by the Renewable Energy Target. But objectors are worried that some of the locations will occupy valuable agricultural land and want the sites found on less viable property.

FAIR FLOW:

The Fair Flow campaign is kicking up a gear, as community leaders get behind the program to raise awareness of the impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Water Leadership Group is arguing that the region cannot afford to lose any more water, and draws attention to the plan’s qualification that the 450Gl of ‘up-water’ can only be taken if it does not cause negative socio-economic impacts.

FORECAST BRIGHT:

The latest forecast for water allocations for northern Victoria is promising — if conditions do not deteriorate.

The Goulburn and Loddon systems are expected to start the 2018-19 water year with seasonal determinations of about 20 per cent of high-reliability water shares or better. Other systems are likely to start the spring season with more than 50 per cent of high-reliability water shares.