News in brief

Murray Irrigation will desilt about 300km of channels this winter. Photo by contributed

Murray Irrigation winter works

Murray Irrigation’s annual winter works program will be predominantly in the western part of its footprint.

Works will be undertaken in the Moulamein, Berrigan and Jerilderie districts, and areas to the north-east and south-east of Deniliquin.

One third of its foot print will be drained to complete the works and shareholders/customers are advised to check the maintenance schedule map on the company website.

Works will include:

  • concrete remedial works on 186 regulator/off-take structures;
  • desilting about 300 kilometres of channel;
  • erosion control on about 170 structures; and
  • miscellaneous civil and mechanical repairs/upgrades on 25 sites.

Program planners will work with the operations team to prioritise works and ensure the channels are brought back online in accordance with demand as early as possible.

Anyone with queries can call Nick Warne on 0400 790 461.

Seminar for brokers, solicitors

A seminar to inform brokers and solicitors about changes in the water sector will be hosted by Goulburn-Murray Water on Tuesday, May 31.

The seminar will take place from 12pm to 2.30pm at La Trobe University in Fryers St, Shepparton, and topics will include information on Goulburn to Murray trade rule changes, the irrigators’ share distribution, carryover and spillable water, compliance and enforcement, followed by a seasonal outlook and Q&A session.

A light lunch will precede the presentations and discussions.

Registrations close on Friday, May 27.

If you would like to attend the seminar as part of your role, or in contact with a solicitor or broker who may be interested in attending, please register at:

New floodplain harvesting bill

NSW State Member for Murray Helen Dalton introduced a bill into the NSW Parliament on May 19 that she said would prevent northern Murray-Darling Basin floodplain harvesting licence holders from seeking financial compensation from taxpayers for their licences.

“For many years, big corporate northern basin irrigators have been siphoning water into their private dams before it reaches the river,” Mrs Dalton said.

“This unregulated practice — known as floodplain harvesting — devastates Lower Darling communities and reduces water allocations for southern basin irrigators.

“My bill ensures irrigators won’t be able to profit off floodplain harvesting licences.”

Mrs Dalton said the bill could pass both houses of parliament if it was supported by Labor and all the crossbenchers.

Debate on the bill will occur when NSW Parliament resumes in June.