Yanco Creek AGM open to the pub­lic

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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