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Water Minister guides CMAs on irrigation

Monday 21 April, 2008
Regional Irrigation Development Guidelines were signed in Shepparton on Friday.  The guidelines were developed at the request of the Minister for Water as part of the White Paper Reforms.

Regional Irrigation Development Guidelines were signed in Shepparton on Friday.  The guidelines were developed at the request of the Minister for Water as part of the White Paper Reforms.

Three Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) signed the regional guidelines which ensure local irrigators and the environment are protected from the impacts of irrigation developments.

The Goulburn Broken, North Central and North East CMAs have joined forces to develop these guidelines which are regionally relevant and address local issues.

Chair of the Goulburn Broken CMA Dr Huw Davies said the Regional Irrigation Development Guidelines require new development to be done at a "best Practice" standard.  They complement the Water Use licences which have established a minimum standard for existing irrigation. 

The guidelines consist of four documents which are:

  • Regional Directions for Irrigation Development
  • A Memorandum of Understanding
  • Agency Operational Procedures and an
  • Irrigation Development Information Pack

"The Regional Irrigation Development Guidelines are based on 10 years experience of delivery of previous Irrigation Development Guidelines which were developed as part of the salinity program," said Dr Davies.

"It has been a co-operative effort with the CMAs, DSE, DPI, GMW and irrigators working together to secure a workable and efficient process."

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority hosted the signing event today for the three CMAs, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

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