Water

Victorian Opposition launches Big Buffalo campaign

By Rodney Woods

The Victorian Opposition has launched a new campaign to mount pressure on the Andrews Government to refer the expansion of Lake Buffalo to the Federal Government for investigation.

Shadow Water Minister and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan, Nationals leader Peter Walsh and State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy were at Lake Buffalo on Thursday to launch the campaign.

Ms Ryan said expansion of Lake Buffalo could be a game-changer for Victoria.

“It will mean far more reliable water supply and high allocations more often for irrigators with existing water entitlements,” she said.

“It’s also an opportunity to save up to 130 Gl of evaporative losses by reducing the system’s reliance on Lake Victoria in south-west NSW.

“We had big floods in 2010 and Lake Buffalo had 7.5 inches (of rain) fall in one weekend.

“We need big dams so we can capture that rain to get through drought years like we are experiencing now.”

The Opposition is calling on communities to sign the petition, which is available at: www.buildbigbuffalo.com.au