Yanco Creek AGM open to the public
The Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council Inc will open its annual general meeting to the public next Wednesday to give people the opportunity to hear from a range of experts on water and environmental projects.
YACTAC executive officer Tanya Thompson said guest speakers from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW Irrigators Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries will feature at the meeting, which will be held at the Conargo Hall from 1pm.
Mrs Thompson said inviting the public not only gives people a chance to learn more about the guest speaker topics, but also to learn more about YACTAC and what it does.
‘‘YACTAC’s aims are to constantly improve the ecology of the creek systems and the riparian areas, and to have continuous water down the system,’’ Mrs Thompson said.
‘‘It’s about landholders, community and interest groups working together for the betterment of the Yanco Colombo System.
‘‘YACTAC has an annual Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal approved levy on water users to fund work to support and improve the health and ecology of the creek system and riparian areas.
‘‘While it’s the water users who pay this levy, all the towns along the creek system benefit at no cost, and those along the Edward River also see a benefit.
‘‘We wanted to open up the meeting because we want people to know what we’re doing, to lift our profile and hopefully get more people involved. With a great line-up of guest speakers, this was a good opportunity to open the meeting.’’
Guest speakers include former Barham resident Colin Mues who is now executive director environmental management with the MDBA, OEH environmental water management officer Joanne Lenehan, DPI – Fisheries manager aquatic ecosystems Luke Pearce and NSW Irrigators Council CEO Mark McKenzie.
Mrs Thompson said the official AGM program will also include discussion on the YACTAC levy and the pending renewal submission to IPART in two years.
She said members will be asked to vote on whether they would be willing to increase the levy from 90c per megalitre of water used.
Mrs Thompson said the extent of the increase will only be investigated if supported at the meeting.
Membership fees will also be set at the AGM, and there will be a review of the Yanco Colombo System Natural Resource Management Plan.
For more information about the AGM contact Mrs Thompson on 0408 833 801.