Category: Minister for Water

Desalination Plant Securing Our Water Supply

The Andrews Labor Government has ordered 125 gigalitres of water from the Desalination Plant for next financial year – to secure our water supplies in the face of population growth, climate change and falling rainfall. The order mirrors last year’s and won’t result in any increase to average water bills for Melbourne households – which […]

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Have Your Say On Goulburn To Murray Trade Rules

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with protecting the long-term health of the lower Goulburn River. Minister for Water Lisa Neville today opened community consultation into the rules that manage the trade of water from the Goulburn River to the Murray Valley. A recent review identified that the current rules are not protecting the […]

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Floodplain Harvesting Putting Communities At Risk

The Andrews Labor Government is demanding an explanation on why NSW and Queensland irrigators have been allowed to harvest floodplain waters out of the northern Murray-Darling Basin rivers. Minister for Water Lisa Neville has written to the Commonwealth Minister asking for the Interim Inspector-General of Murray Darling Basin Water Resources and the Murray Darling Basin […]

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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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