NECMA seeking community comments
THE North East Catchment Management Authority is seeking feedback from the community and other stakeholders to guide the renewal of the North East Sustainable Irrigation Plan (The Plan).
The Plan will set strategic direction and identify activities to enable sustainable irrigation in the North East catchment area.
A discussion paper, which can be found at necma.vic. gov.au/sustainable-irrigation, has been developed using information from a recent electronic survey of irrigators, existing data and discussions with Agriculture Victoria, Goulburn-Murray Water and the Department of Land, Water and Environment (DELWP).
Project Manager Brooke Hermans from the North East CMA said that she hoped to get community and stakeholder input from the paper to ensure the Plan, when released, is reflective of local priorities.
“We want to ensure that all stakeholders who are interested in or affected by the outcomes of the Plan are given the opportunity to have input,” she added.
Comments on the discussion paper close on October 26 2018. A further period of public consultation is scheduled in early 2019 when a full draft of the North East Sustainable Irrigation Plan is released.
Sustainable Irrigation Plans, also called Land and Water Management Plans (LWMP), are regionally developed plans that set out the objectives and actions to support sustainable irrigation.
The North East Sustainable Irrigation Plan will provide a platform for crossagency and industry engagement and will be used as a guiding document for land and water management programs by a range of agencies including North East CMA, Goulburn-Murray Water, the Environmental Protection Authority, DELWP and Agriculture Victoria, all of whom play a role in implementation of the Plan.