The Murray River Group of Councils has applauded Victorian Water Minster Lisa Neville’s actions over recent weeks to protect and safeguard water availability on the Victorian side of the Murray River. “Minister Neville must be congratulated for her leadership and her tough stance to protect our precious rivers and our communities,” Murray River Group of Councils chair Lorraine Learmonth said. “By her actions to carefully manage water licences in the lower Murray and her announcement on tightening trade rules in the Goulburn, Minister Neville has shown once again that she is listening to our northern Victorian communities and is standing up for our region and our rivers. “This summer starkly exposed the reality around deliverability in the system.
“With the increasing amount of water needed in the Mallee as plantings mature, this is only going to get worse.“The interim controls on the Goulburn are welcomed as is the minister’s announcement that she will consult with communities on developing a long-term solution that protects the river.”