Draft Victoria’s North and Murray Water Resource Plan

The Victorian Government has released the draft Victoria’s North and Murray Water Resource Plan for public comment.

This Water Resource Plan is a key component of documenting Victoria’s water resource management arrangements to meet the requirements of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The Plan covers the River Murray and its tributaries, including the Mitta Mitta, Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn, Broken, Campaspe and Loddon River Systems – as well as the groundwater beneath them. It demonstrates how Victoria will comply with the reduced limits on the amount of water that can be taken for consumptive purposes. The Plan also covers matters such as environmental watering arrangements, extreme event management, water quality and the objectives and outcomes of Traditional Owners regarding the management of water resources. Included in the plan are Victoria’s strategies to manage risk, including from climate change and drought.

The community can have their say on the draft Water Resource Plan, with consultation open until 5pm on 4 March 2019. Community input is critical to ensure the draft Plan reflects reality on the ground and so there is confidence in how the Basin Plan is being implemented in northern Victoria.

Public sessions are being held in the following locations:

  • Mildura 12-1PM and 6-7PM on 4 February 2019
  • Yea 12-1 PM on 4 February 2019
  • Bendigo 6-7 on 4 February 2019
  • Wangaratta 12-1PM on 12 February 2019
  • Shepparton 12-1PM and 6-7PM on 13 February 2019
  • Kerang at 12-1PM on 14 February 2019

Details on how to make a submission and further information on the dates and locations of the community information sessions are also available on the Engage Victoria site.  Enquiries about the Plan and how to make a submission can be direct to the Water Resource Plans team by email at [email protected] or by phone on 03 9637 9976.

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