Lindenow water security bolstered

Lindenow water security bolstered

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, was at Bulmer Farms near Lindenow yesterday to announce the Liberal/Nationals Governmentʼs investment of $10 million to deliver the Lindenow Valley Water Security Scheme.

The money is part of the national water infrastructure development fund where farmers can apply for dollar-for-dollar funding to build on-farm water storage to help during dry times, and its delivery will be managed by East Gippsland Shire Council.

“We certainly appreciate that level of support,” Bill Bulmer said.

“This year has been extremely difficult on an unrestricted stream and we estimate the loss of revenue across the valley at about $15 to $20 million.”

Fellow vegetable farmer, Ross Ingram, of Bonaccord, said the fund would be a huge help to his familyʼs business, particularly with the planned construction of a 550-megalitre dam.

Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, said irrigated agriculture was a major economic driver and water security projects such as this were essential for the region.

“This scheme is community-led and the construction of localised storages along the river

will increase agricultural productivity and jobs in the Lindenow Valley and surrounding region,” Mr Chester said.

“The Lindenow Valley is a major producer of vegetables for Victoria and I am proud the Federal Government is continuing to back our farmers and help our regional industries to grow and prosper.

“Local irrigators have been looking at ways they can store the high spring flows. With a place to store this water on their farms, our producers will be in a better position to face long dry periods.”

Mr McCormack said the scheme was an important project for the Lindenow Valley and was pleased the Commonwealth Government had delivered improved water security for farmers.

“The Liberals and Nationals Government is delivering local water infrastructure that our communities expect and deserve,” Mr McCormack said.

“I am proud our Government is investing in this scheme that will improve on-farm water security for the Lindenow Valley and will be cofunded by local farmers.”

“The Liberal and Nationals Government invests in local projects because we understand Australia is made of more than big infrastructure projects.”

PICTURED: Bulmer Farmsʼ Bill and Kaine Bulmer with Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, and Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, talk water security after it was announced the Federal Government would invest $10 million to deliver a water security scheme in the Lindenow Valley yesterday.