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DELIVERY SHARE REVIEW:

Landholders are being encouraged to have their say to improve water delivery share arrangements. The review will consider reduced water availability for irrigation, fluctuation in water prices and changes in demand for water. Community consultations will be held in Kerang on Thursday, August 2 and Shepparton on Friday, August 3.

■For more information or to register, visit: engage.vic.gov.au/delivery-share-review

CARRYOVER PLEDGE:

The Nationals are promising a review of carryover water in northern Victoria if elected in a future coalition state government. Shadow Water Minister Steph Ryan said the review would look into whether current carryover rules on the Goulburn, Murray and Campaspe systems could better reflect the way water use, storage and trade has changed in the past decade.

MORE LAMB RECORDS:

Lamb prices are going through the roof, driven by a shortage of heavy lambs. Strong demand and a lack of supply appears to be forcing the prices up, with records set at Deniliquin, Finley, Wagga Wagga and Bendigo in recent weeks. Elders Yarrawonga livestock agent Scott Parker said when sucker lambs became available, prices could drop.

FLYING FOX MENACE:

Flying foxes are reaching pest level near Tatura, according to some fruit growers. State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has called on the Andrews Government to address the problem. Ms Sheed used her Constituency Question in State Parliament last week to ask Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford what steps her department could take to assist growers in protecting their crops from flying fox attacks.

EL NINO RISK:

The Bureau of Meteorology says there’s a 50:50 chance of El Nino developing in spring. Northern Victorian and southern Riverina communities are reporting lower than average rainfall in June and very low falls in July.

DROUGHT HELP:

Woolworths has committed $1.5million to charity Rural Aid to help farmers affected by drought. The funding will allow the rural charity to provide more for farmers through its Buy a Bale program and increase the number of counsellors available.