Water prices, flood-affected farmers
6 February 2019, Mr McCURDY (Ovens Valley): Temporary irrigation water prices in northern Victoria are extremely high.
I urge the Minister for Water to review the way water infrastructure is paid for by the farming community.
Farmers are telling me that the current system is not fair or sustainable and that unless things change there will be no such thing as an irrigated family farm.
The Ovens Valley communities of Tarrawingee, Everton and Everton Upper were hit extremely hard by a flash flooding event on 13 December last year.
Farmers are facing a massive clean-up bill and fencing bills. Last week I visited the property of John and June Bennett and their families at Everton Upper along with the shadow Minister for Agriculture.
Kilometres of fencing have to be replaced, and it is a significant cost to bear. I again ask the Andrews Labor government to justify its claim that they govern for all Victorians. We are yet to see this in Tarrawingee.