Water inquiry to deliver smarter environmental water

The Victorian Farmers Federation has welcomed a State Parliamentary inquiry into the management, governance and use of environmental water.

The review, to be led by the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee, will investigate issues aimed at improving water efficiency, water fees and charges, blackwater events and the impact of irrigation tools on water availability.

“The VFF has continually urged the Government to focus on how we can improve outcomes from available environmental water across the state. It’s encouraging to see the Committee will make this a focus of their inquiry,” VFF Water Council Chairman Richard Anderson said.

“Smarter and more efficient use of environmental water is what we expect from this inquiry.

“We need to take into account the balanced relationship of water availability across the natural environment, farming, people and communities.

“We have learnt from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that we need to use environmental water smarter. We need to focus on how the water can be better used without a socio-economic cost to towns, businesses and communities.”

The review will also include an analysis of carryover water, which Mr Anderson said the VFF recognised as an important tool used by irrigators to manage their businesses each season.

“Carryover should give the environmental water holder flexibility without providing a disproportionate benefit at the expense of irrigators,” he said.

Source: VFF