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Thursday, 5 December 1974
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Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(   1 ) Who are the members of the Farm Irrigation Practices Sub-committee of the River Murray Inquiry Working Party.

(2)   How often has this committee met.

(3)   Have any personal or written submissions been considered by this sub-committee; if so, from whom.

(4)   When can any recommendations be expected from this sub-committee.

(5)   Is Government finance available, either in grants or loans, to encourage the adoption of any improved practices recommended by the sub-committee.


Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)-

Mrs C.Settle (Chairman) Department of the Environment and Conservation, Canberra.

Mr J.A. Ligertwood, Engineering and Water Supply Department, South Australia.

Mr M.R. Till, Department of Agriculture, South Australia.

Mr P.B. Allen, Department of Agriculture, Canberra.

Mr P.A. Witschi, Department of Agriculture, New South Wales.

Mr S.Pels, Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission, New South Wales.

Mr E.P. Robinson, State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, Victoria.

Mr K.R. Garland, Department of Agriculture, Victoria.

(2)   Twice. The Committee met on 29 July 1974 and on 2 1 October 1974.

(3)   Yes. Submissions that have been considered by the Committee to date have been those received from:

State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, Victoria.

Department of Agriculture, Victoria.

Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission, New South Wales.

Department of Agriculture, New South Wales.

Department of Agriculture, South Australia.

The Committee will also be considering submissions received from the following:

Victorian Irrigation Research and Promotion Organisation.

Torrumbarry System Irrigators Association.

Victorian Irrigators Central Council.

Australian Dried Fruits Association.

Loddon Regional Committee.

Murray Research and Extension Committee.

Kerang Agricultural Research Farm.

Swan Hill Irrigators Research Farm.

(4)   The Committee aims to submit a report to the River Murray Working Party by the end of January.

(   5 ) Australian Government financial assistance to encourage the adoption of improved practices recommended by the Committee, may be available through the Australian Extension Services Grants to the States.







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