NECMA seek­ing com­mu­nity com­ments

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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