Water

Review is on horizon at last

By Country News

A review of delivery shares is set to get under way, more than 18 months after it was first promised.

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville told the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee on June 13 that a discussion paper would be released in the next two to three weeks.

DELWP and a number of water authorities will be leading the review and Ms Neville told the committee that discussions with the VFF were already under way.

Shadow Victorian Water Minister Steph Ryan said irrigators had been asking about the status of the review for months.

‘‘It’s been almost two years and the review’s terms of reference, the process and the people appointed to undertake it are a mystery,’’ she said.

‘‘Given we are now five months from a state election and Labor hasn’t even started the process, it’s highly unlikely any meaningful changes are going to be made.’’

Ms Ryan said communities had expressed concern that delivery shares were acting as a handbrake on development in northern Victoria’s irrigation districts.

‘‘Delivery shares are becoming a disincentive to invest in northern Victoria, particularly as the cost of running the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District increases.’’