Wa­ter ef­fi­ciency pub­lic meeting

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin com­mu­ni­ties in NSW are in­vited to have their say on the best ways to in­vest in on-farm wa­ter ef­fi­ciency projects that will have a neu­tral or pos­i­tive ef­fect on lo­cal in­dus­tries and com­mu­ni­ties.

Head of wa­ter at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, Paul Mor­ris, said a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings on the pro­posed cri­te­ria for on­farm projects that de­liver wa­ter sav­ings to the environment were now un­der­way.

A meeting will be held in De­niliquin on Novem­ber 2.

‘‘As we set out to de­liver on-farm in­fra­struc­ture projects across the Basin, it’s essen­tial that af­fected com­mu­ni­ties have the op­por­tu­nity to tell us what suc­cess will look like,’’ Mr Mor­ris said.

‘‘The ad­di­tional cri­te­ria will build on an ex­ist­ing set of ro­bust pro­gram re­quire­ments that guide this in­vest­ment.

‘‘These pub­lic meet­ings will give lo­cals the op­por­tu­nity to com­ment on draft ad­di­tional cri­te­ria for Com­mon­wealth-led on­farm projects—and to sug­gest al­ter­na­tives.

‘‘I strongly en­cour­age ev­ery in­ter­ested stake­holder to get in­volved. If you can’t at­tend in per­son, you can also view in­for­ma­tion and pro­vide your input on­line.’’

The De­niliquin meeting will be held at the De­niliquin Golf Club on Novem­ber 2, from mid­day.

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in at­tend­ing a meeting please email mdb­wip.con­sul­ta­tion@seftons.com.au.

To pro­vide input on­line or for full de­tails on pub­lic meet­ings, go to havey­our­say.agri­cul­ture.gov.au/wa­ter­ef­fi­ciency.

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