Notice Of Motion for Ordinary Meeting Of Council 15th September
RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ALLOCATION OF WATER FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL HOLDINGS OF THE COMMONWEALTH ENVIRONMENTAL WATER HOLDER (CEWH)
Having given due notice, Councillor Jade Benham MOVED that:
1. Write to our local Federal member, Dr Anne Webster MP calling for the urgent establishment of recreational and community allocation of water from the environmental holdings of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) to support the social fabric of rural communities;
2. Send copies of our correspondence to the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister calling on them to support the case for recreational and community allocation for water to be made available for rural communities.
3. Write to all rural and regional Councils and border Councils in NSW asking that they write to their local Federal members, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister supporting the case for recreational and community allocation for water to be made available for rural communities.
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder has carried over 320,000 ML of water again this year, (and has carried over the past four years) whilst regional Victorian football clubs, golf clubs, cricket & tennis clubs and any other club or association that waters their turf will struggle to buy water this year given their revenue streams have been cut off once again due to disproportionate Stage 3 restrictions in our areas.
Thus far, even though the Goulburn and the Hume dams are at 60%, Lake Victoria is full and Dartmouth is also over half full, allocations are still only at 36% for the coming year putting everyone under stress.
A lot of clubs, such as Robinvale Golf Club own a certain amount of water, and yet always have to buy some to get through the summer, which is normally no problem given they have very good cash flow. However, given that cash flow has halted, I’m proposing that the CEWH release just some of the water and allocate to regional community clubs, regardless of status so they can water their fairways, pitches, courts etc. Surely this also has a benefit for the environment and it certainly will for rural and regional communities.
I would like to motion that we write to all regional councils in Victoria and in border communities to advocate to the Morrison Government that a plan be swiftly put in place to action this and ease yet another stress that has been put on regional Victorian communities and the people that make them great.