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Flood impact on firewood By Racheal Willett Authorities are encouraging residents to plan their trip for firewood collection carefully as flooding and wet conditions continue to affect some areas around Yarrawonga.

Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and Environment said wet conditions in Victoria’s River Red Gum parks and forests would affect the spring firewood collection season which started on September 1. River Red Gum District Chief Ranger Craig Stubbings said that recurrent flooding of the Murray, Goulburn and Ovens Rivers has limited safe access to forests in the surrounding areas. “Firewood collection will not be feasible in most River Red Gum parks and forests as many areas of forest are still underwater,” said Mr Stubbings. “In order to protect public safety and

the environment, access to domestic firewood collection areas near Cohuna, Echuca, Barmah, Shepparton, Cobram and Yarrawonga will not open until the water subsides.” Parks Victoria is hoping to open firewood collection areas in River Red Gum parks as conditions dry out later in the season but this is strongly dependent on weather conditions and safe access to the forest. DSE advises there will be no firewood collection areas on Gunbower Island this spring due to flooding. “We understand the impact this will have on local communities and urge those people that rely on firewood as a source of fuel to plan ahead to meet their needs,” said Mr Stubbings. “Check with the local office or visit the DSE website before you head out as you may need to travel further afield to collect firewood this sea-

son. Please also bear in mind that firewood collected from some parks and forests may be green but this will burn well if cut and stored correctly for 12 months.” The spring domestic firewood collection season runs from 1 September 2012 to 30 November 2012. Firewood may only be collected for personal use from designated firewood collection areas marked by official signs during the season. Signs will display the rules and collection limits. “Firewood supplies on public land are limited so we ask people to adhere to regulations to help manage the longterm sustainability of the resource,” said Mr Stubbings. “Under new legislation, heavy penalties apply for firewood offences, and DSE and Parks Victoria officers will be increasing patrols of forests, parks and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.”


How do you value water? What is a future without water? What can you do to ensure there is enough water for the generations to come? North East Water wants to know how you value water and is running a series of competitions as part of National Water Week 2012 supporting the theme ‘Valuing our Water’. National Water Week 2012 takes place from Sunday 21 to Saturday, October 27. With a total prize pool of more than $2000 cash up for grabs, the corporation is inviting school groups, junior sporting clubs and community organisations to submit an entry. North East Water Education and Awareness Officer, Diane Doyle, said entrants were invited to submit 300 words or less to describe how or why their organisation values water, including a photo showing this in action. The competition is open to the community of North East Water with prizes awarded in the following categories, each with a first prize of $500 and runner-up prize of $250:

North East Water are running competitions to encourage “Valuing our Water”.

As part of National Water Week 3. Community Club or Organisation. 2012, North East Water will also be “We want to encourage people conducting community open days to think about the role water plays with tours of the Yarrawonga Wain our lives and communities,” Ms ter Treatment Plant on Friday, OcDoyle said. ‘The theme ‘Valuing tober 26 from 7am-9am. This tour our Water’ aims to build aware- will commence with a community ness of wise water use to meet the breakfast. The general public are needs of the future. Through these invited to attend. competitions we want people to For more details on these comtranslate that value into words and petitions, community tours or the pictures as a way of conveying it, North East Water Education Prothrough us, to the wider commugram in general, please contact Dinity.” The competition closes on Sep- ane Doyle, Education and Aware1. School or Kindergarten, tember 21, so community groups ness Officer, on 02 6022 0580, or 2. Junior Sporting Club (14 years and organisations are encouraged visit the North East Water website, to get their entries in soon. and under) and

New appointments Country city divide no longer for NE Water URBAN SPRAWL

Just when most peoWater Minister Peter Walsh announced derson, said the new directors would ple accepted the urban the appointment of three new directors bring fresh ideas and new perspectives sprawl in Melbourne was to the Board of North East Water. to the Board of North East Water. taking over more and “I am looking forward to working more rural shires and “I am delighted to welcome Tow- with our new members and I welcome townships it appears the ong Shire Mayor and Upper Murray their appointments,” Ms Anderson reverse is happening. farmer Debi Gadd, Benalla soil health scientist Cath Botta and Chairman of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder Denis Flett onto North East Water Board,” Mr Walsh said. “These new appointments bring strong experience in natural resource management and community engagement to the Corporation.” The state government prioritised and selected a strong regional representation. “Local people understand local issues, what is important to customers in their area and they are well placed to make a difference to the water services that are delivered locally,” Mr Walsh said. “Water Boards across Victoria are driven to build strong partnerships with their communities and customers, to deliver high quality and sustainable water services to their regions.” North East Water Chair, Joanne An-

said. Ms Anderson thanked outgoing board members, former Board and Capital Development Committee Chair Frank Burfitt, former Finance Committee Chair Suzanne Evans and former Safety, Risk and Audit Chair Geoff Vincent for their service to North East Water. “I would like to acknowledge our outgoing Directors, all of whom have made significant contributions during their collective 12-year term. Each of these Directors has played an important role in setting the strategic direction of the Corporation and ensuring proper governance and sound financial management,” Ms Anderson said. The new appointments commence on October 1, 2012 and will expire on September 30, 2015.

Acting Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development, John Lenders has accused the Victorian Government of using the Regional Growth Fund to invest in areas that were once considered metropolitan centres by including 11 new local government areas eligible for funding under the Regional Growth Fund Act 2011. Those areas are Cardinia Shire, Casey City, Hume City, Knox City, Manningham City, Melton Shire, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Nillumbik Shire, Whittle-

sea City, Wyndham City, and Yarra Ranges Shire council areas. It means more than 1.5 million extra people will share in the fund. “National Party Leader and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan promised Victorians that the fund would be used to invest in regional Victoria, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, industry and job creation,” Mr Lenders said. “On coming to office the government cut $500 million from the fund and has been using the remainder to fill Mr Baillieu’s budget black holes and funding programs in Melbourne. “The government took $5 million from the fund so the Department of Education could run a Local Solutions Year 12

Retention Fund program after it slashed millions of dollars from the education budget and $48 million from VCAL. “It is clear that the government is siphoning off regional Victoria’s money to fund projects in Melbourne proving the regional growth fund is a sham,” Mr Lenders said. Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy said under the RGF Act 2011 the Minister for Regional and Rural Development can make regulations relating to the geographic areas that Regional Growth Fund funds can be allocated. “As such, the Minister has enabled areas outside those defined as “regional and rural” to access the RGF on a limited, case-by-case basis,” Mr McCurdy said.

“This has been done for significant projects of regional and rural significance, which have clear, flow-on benefits to regional Victoria such as the Energy for the Regions programs as well as cases where specific locations have been identified as high bushfire risk with the Fire Ready Communities Program. “The case for providing funding from regional and rural programs to interface council areas is determined by a number of factors and takes in to consideration the impact on regional funding programs and the level of broader support for allowing interface councils to access regional programs.”

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