Water efficiency project consultations come to Rochester

By Country News

The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is set to return to the region this week, following complaints communities didn’t receive enough notice about water efficiency project consultations.

The department originally travelled to the region late last month but will return to Swan Hill and Rochester at the insistence of the community and Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ water head Paul Morris said the meetings had been scheduled in response to community demand.

‘‘As we set out to deliver water-saving infrastructure projects across the basin, it’s essential that affected communities have the opportunity to tell us what success should look like.

‘‘A full and accurate report of what communities are saying will be taken to a meeting of basin water ministers in December.’’

The initial round of consultations conducted by the department came under fire by Mr Littleproud for a lack of notice, stakeholders not being informed and addresses for the consultation venues not being published online.

The consultation period for additional criteria for efficiency measures has now been extended to Friday, November 23.

‘‘Those who can’t attend in person can also provide feedback online through a short survey, upload a submission, or attend an online consultation (webinar) session on Monday, November 19,’’ Mr Morris said.

■The Swan Hill consultation will be held at noon on Thursday, November 15 at Swan Hill Resort.

■The Rochester consultation will be held at noon on Friday, November 16 at Rochester Golf Club.

■For more information, visit: haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/water-efficiency