Category: Minister for Water

Emergency Water Relief For Bushfire Affected Residents

Residents in bushfire affected areas who are without drinking and domestic water supply due to tank contamination now have a single point of contact to call for assistance. South East Water, based in Frankston, will be providing bushfire aid on behalf of the Victorian water industry to tank water users in the affected North East […]

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Water Boost For Northern Victorian Irrigators

Victorian irrigators will be able to access 37 gigalitres of water owned by Melbourne’s metropolitan water retailers in the northern Victorian water market from as early as this week. The water is held against the Melbourne retail water corporations share of water savings in the $2 billion Connections Project and is released annually following an […]

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More Water For Farmers In The Broken System

The Andrews Labor Government is making temporary changes to rules in the Broken River system to provide more water for the critical stock and domestic needs over the next six months. Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced the temporary change, which is known as a qualification of water rights, as well as a review […]

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Victoria Secures Action To Fix Basin Plan

Victoria has led the way in securing greater protections for irrigators and the environment at the Ministerial Council in Brisbane, with agreement to finally face water delivery risks in the Murray Darling Basin head on. Basin States also acknowledged concerns around foreign ownership and monopoly behaviour in the water markets and agreed to ask the […]

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Basin Plan At Risk Without Change

The independent report commissioned by the Victorian and New South Wales Governments has found a key element of the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) has “a high chance of failure” if changes are not made. The Murray-Darling Basin constraints modelling was reviewed by an independent panel in light of community concerns about the unacknowledged impacts […]

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Almonds Dominate Murray-Mallee 2019 Plantings

Horticulture development in the Victorian Murray-Mallee region over the past 12 months has expanded at the fastest rate in 10 years on the back of strong prices, with almond plantings making up 50 per cent. Minister for Water Lisa Neville today released an update to the 2018 Mallee Horticulture Crop Report – tracking the extent […]

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Greater Water Transparency To Support Irrigators

The Andrews Labor Government is introducing new measures to crack down on monopoly behaviour and expose speculation in the water market, to address concerns raised by local irrigators. The changes will increase transparency in Victoria’s water markets, with a series of improvements designed to provide irrigators with confidence that the markets are operating appropriately and […]

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There’s Nothing Common About Merbein Common

Merbein Common has a new lease on life, following the completion of a huge program of community-led environmental works delivered across the Common and nearby wetlands. Minister for Water Lisa Neville said the major rejuvenation was part of the Andrews Labor Government’s record $222 million investment in waterway and catchment health across the state. Merbein […]

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Standing Up For Victorian Irrigators

The Andrews Labor Government will not support any changes to water sharing arrangements between the states that negatively impact Victoria. Victoria has a conservative allocation policy that, despite dry conditions, has resulted in some allocations being made available to entitlement holders this season – and Victorian communities should not be penalised for that. Victoria supports […]

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No Time For Complacency Says Victoria’s Water Outlook

The latest report on Victoria’s water finds that while our supplies are in a good position, there are signs of ongoing strain – with dry conditions and increasing population growth continuing to put pressure on our water security. Minister for Water Lisa Neville said that recent rainfall meant water storages are slightly higher than this […]

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