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Victory for landholders in Indi as water authority agrees to round-table

October 17, 2016
Contact: Jane Still

Landholders affected by recent releases of water from Lake Hume weir will have their concerns heard directly after the Murray Darling Basin Authority committed to a round-table discussion with them in November.

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan secured the round-table discussion to be held in Wodonga after meeting last week with representatives of the MDBA to put the case for the landholders.

Ms McGowan had earlier called on the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce to answer questions about the way the water releases had been conducted.

“The best way to resolve this issue is for everyone who is involved to sit down around a table together and work out a solution,” Ms McGowan said.

“All of the different agencies who are involved with water releases will now be able to work directly with the people who are affected. They can work out together how it can be done better in future.

“I’m looking forward to hosting the meeting in Wodonga. This is a great result for the local community and for Indi.”

Community members who have been affected by the recent flooding in North East Victoria can also have their say with the North East Catchment Management Authority. The North East CMA is holding information sessions throughout October. For more information contact necma@necma.vic.gov.au

Ms McGowan’s speech to parliament regarding water releases can be viewed here

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