December 3, 2012
The Victorian Farmers Federation has called on Goulburn – Murray Water Corporation to better inform irrigators on the delivery and works schedule of its $2.2 billion G-MW Connections Project (formally NVIRP). “The VFF understands that since NVIRP was merged with G-MW there has been substantial changes in the management and of the Connections Program,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said. “But there’s been insufficient information go to irrigators on re-connection deals and timelines. “The Connections program can have a polarising impact in irrigation communities and the VFF is concerned some farmers have been adversely affected by the rationalisation of their channel system. “The VFF wants to ensure irrigators are treated fairly and given all the assistance they need under the connections program. “Delays by G-MW on getting back to irrigators on re-connection deals creates uncertainty and delays business decisions on the farm. “The VFF has written to G-MW stating the Connections Project is only acceptable if the intentions for strategic connections are made clear, irrigators are given access to information, and they are treated fairly,” Mr Tuohey said. The VFF’s letter to G-MW requests it provides: • Irrigators with clear timelines on when they will be approached in regards to re-connection deals. • Delivers publically available information on strategic connections. • Ensures all irrigators, who have previously been contacted in the past by NVIRP – verbally or in writing – must be re-contacted and provided with advice on the progress of their re-connection negotiations. • Give landowners, within a strategic connection area, plenty of notice of meetings to discuss the project and re-connection plans.