A strong turnout by community members last Tuesday night in Meredith revealed real concern for the future of the lower Moorabool River. Over a hundred people filled the Memorial Hall to hear speakers from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, People for A Living Moorabool and Southern Rural Water give their perspectives on the State government’s Water for Victoria Discussion Paper. Arranged by a group of Landcare organisations, the aim of the meeting was to inform the community of aspects of the paper that will impact the Moorabool River and to discuss the recent announcement by the Minister Lisa Neville of a potential transfer of Geelong’s water entitlement to Ballarat.
Local Meredith farmer and organiser Peter Stray said “I was blown away by the number of people who turned out to show their support and deep concerns for the fate of the Moorabool.”
“Our plans are to continue advocating for the transfer of Geelong’s share of Lal Lal not to take place and for more water to be left to flow the length of this highly stressed river.”
People are encouraged to make submissions to the discussion paper before the deadline of the 13th of May. This can be done either online at http://haveyoursay. delwp.vic.gov.au/ or by post to;
Water Plan Project Team Water and Catchments Group
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Level 10, 8 Nicholson St
East Melbourne 3002