Help set the irrigation funding agenda
A new draft discussion paper is providing irrigation farmers across the region with an opportunity to shape future government funding opportunities.
North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has developed the Draft Land and Water Management Plan discussion paper for the Loddon and Campaspe irrigation regions.
North Central CMA Sustainable Agriculture Manager Mandy Coulson said the discussion paper is aimed at helping shape future government opportunities to support local communities and keep irrigators on the land.
“The purpose of this draft discussion paper is to seek feedback for the finalisation of the renewed Loddon Campaspe Irrigation Region Land and Water Management Plan,” she said.
“This plan applies to all irrigation in the North Central CMA region and to dryland that retains an irrigation water use licence.
“It determines priorities for investing in works and measures in the irrigation region for a range of investors and sets the framework to ensure public funds are targeted to actions that align with Victorian Government and local priorities.
“The paper’s vision over the next 10 years is about using water for healthy, productive, sustainable, irrigated food and fibre.
“Practically, this means protecting and increasing the $800 million of gross value of irrigated agricultural production at the farm gate produced by 1,386 irrigated farm businesses, the health of 24,892 km of waterways and 120 significant wetlands and the high-value birds, fish, plants and animals that are influenced by farm practice.”
Farmers and irrigation community members can provide input to the draft discussion paper either via an online survey or at two Drop-in Days in January.
“We’ll hold sessions at the Swan Hill Information Centre on January 14 and the Cohuna Community Co on January 15,” Ms Coulson said.
“Fill out the survey and find out more about the project on our website, or give us a call on 03 5448 1807.”