Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, will visit the Sunraysia region to discuss irrigators, environmental projects and ways to boost the region’s economy.
Ms Neville said she was eager to meet key stakeholders in the region about water security, investment in irrigation infrastructure and the health of the region’s waterways.
The Sunraysia region is a major contributor to Victoria’s economic activity and is also home to some of the state’s most unique environmental assets.
The visit will provide valuable input from the community that will assist in the development of the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive water plan for Victoria.
The Labor Government recognises that Victoria faces a number of challenges to the sustainable management of its water resources, including population growth, variable rainfall and climate change.
The Water Plan will set the strategic direction for Victoria’s water management for decades to come, meeting the needs of the agricultural sector and the environment while securing supplies for domestic users.
During the visit, Ms Neville will visit irrigation properties and inspect environmental watering in the Hattah Lakes, salinity management at Psyche Bend lagoon and Sunraysia Modernisation Project work at Red Cliffs.
“The Government recognises the benefits of investing in irrigation infrastructure to boost the productivity of our agricultural sector while saving water for the benefit of the environment and our communities as whole,” Ms Neville said.
Ms Neville will also meet key stakeholders from Lower Murray Water, Mildura Rural City Council, the Mallee Catchment Management Authority and Lower Murray Water Strategic Advisory Committee members.