Mildura Weekly : Friday October 21 Vol 10 N0 50
NEWS 3 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU NEWLY elected Arts Mildura chair, Domeni- co de Clario, PICTURED, said this week Mil- dura’s annual Jazz, Food and Wine festival will go ahead in March, quashing rumours made by committee members that the festi- val would not return. Mr de Clario said on Wednesday the fes- tival’s future was never in jeopardy, but a de- lay in funding from Creative Victoria meant it will be postponed till mid-March 2017. “It was voted in the last committee meet- ing that the festival was to be postponed till March because by then we would have enough funding from Creative Victoria and Council,” he said. Mr de Clario also said Arts Mildura is a facilitator and not an organising body for Sunraysia festivals, which meant it’s up to the festival’s committee to reform the event which had dwindled down in recent years. “The committee needs to reform itself and get people who are interested in the fes- tival to participate in its direction,” he said. “The (Arts Mildura) board cannot direct the festival, but support it financially, get the funding it needs and then leave it to the committee to organise like the other festi- vals that Arts Mildura is involved in.” He also said there is a generational change in the festival’s committee which will hopefully inspire younger people from the community to get involved. Those interested in being apart of Mil- dura’s Jazz, Food and Wine festival com- mittee can contact Domenico de Clario on firstname.lastname@example.org. SUNRAYSIA irrigators are watch- ing hundreds of thousands of dollars of their hard-earned cash flow down the Murray River due to what many are describing as flawed carryover water rules. At present, water kept in farmers’ carryover water accounts can be lost if there are spills from the Hume Dam during high river flows, which is now occurring. In many cases, this is water farmers have paid for to ensure they’ve got enough water for the next irrigation season. However if it spills, some irri- gators may have to buy yet more water – essentially repurchasing water that has been allowed to flow past the district into South Australia. Sunraysia citrus grower Mi- chael Hammet is a case in point. “I’d purchased water and set it aside to plant more trees this Spring, but that’s been put on the backburner now because I’ve got to repurchase water that we didn’t think we had to,” Mr Hammet said. “We thought we had the wa- ter – we’d purchased it and now have to re-purchase it, as insane as that sounds. “It’s ground to a halt any fu- ture plans we had this year on the farm.” Member for Mildura Peter Crisp is calling for a review of carryover water rules in high flow situations to ensure a fairer deal for farmers. “What I proposed to the Wa- ter Minister in a recent debate is a review of the rules, a bit of fine- tuning,” Mr Crisp said. The Member for Mildura has asked Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville to consider allowing irrigators with carryover water to access spill water instead of los- ing it from their accounts. “During high flows, while this water is running past our pumps here in irrigation areas, people who have carryover, that water is deducted out of their carryover account, not from their annual allocation account.” Mr Crisp said such a move wouldn’t impact areas down- stream of Sunraysia during high- flow periods. “Most of that water is going to go past us to South Australia – it would be very few growers who would use all of it in the time that it’s going past. “This is only for growers who have invested in their carryover.” Recent figures revealed well over 220 gigalitres of water has been lost due to the recent spill. While Ms Neville has 28 days to provide a written response to Mr Crisp’s call, which was debat- ed in the Victorian Parliament last week, she this week publicly indicated she would not support such a move. However Mr Crisp remains positive a solution can be achieved. “We have an initial response that wasn’t positive, but there hasn’t been adequate time for the issue be investigated and a proper written response formu- lated,” he said “I’m sure they’ll reading and digesting the speech I made in Parliament, because is it quite technical.” Jazz festival will be back...in March 2017 Crisp carryover water review call • NOT HAPPY: Citrus grower Michael Hammet, Member for Mildura Peter Crisp and irrigator Russel Hammet. 227 Tenth St Mildura Phone 5022 7227 Open7Days|10am-5pm BOO! Halloween is upon us... for all your treats do pop in! We Dare You! 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