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WATER MEETING DEBACLE:

Consultation meetings on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan have started in northern Victoria and the southern Riverina, but the federal department organising them has come under criticism for a lack of notice. In some cases, irrigators and stakeholders had only a few days to get to the meetings. The meetings are looking at efficiency measures for recovery of an additional 450Gl of water under the plan.

Federal Agriculture and Water Minister David Littleproud has asked the department to reschedule meetings to give stakeholders more notice.

NATIVE VEGETATION DECISION:

A Violet Town beef and sheep producer has avoided a conviction following a court hearing over a native vegetation dispute with Strathbogie Shire Council. The farmer was taken to court by the council for removing a number of trees along Dookie-Violet Town Rd and Panters Rd early last year without obtaining a permit. The magistrate ruled Mr Sloan had undertaken the works based on incorrect advice from shire officers.

BORAL WATER DISPUTE PROGRESS:

A Katunga organic dairy farmer will have a water supply restored after reaching an interim agreement with construction giant Boral. The farmers had an 18-year-long agreement with Boral to supply the farm with water as a result of the effect the company’s Katunga sand quarry expansion had on the watertable, yet the company stopped supplying water in March. But following ongoing discussions they have reached a temporary agreement until a more permanent deal can be agreed to.