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Hull urges comments on water through efficiency request for tender.



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29 August 2006 HULL URGES COMMENTS ON WATER THROUGH EFFICIENCY REQUEST FOR TENDERS The Nationals Member for Riverina, Kay Hull, today encouraged Riverina irrigators and interested stakeholders to comment on the Australian Government’s tender to recover water for the Living Murray Initiative through investment in on or off-farm water efficiency measures. Mrs Hull said a draft of the Water Through Efficiency Request for Tenders has been released for public consultation by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. “Under the current draft, people holding specific permanent water entitlements in the southern Murray-Darling Basin will be invited to submit tenders that offer up water they can save, or have saved through on-farm or off-farm efficiency measures,” Mrs Hull said. “The entitlement types are based around entitlements that can be delivered to the Living Murray initiative icon sites and created under the programme.” Mrs Hull said the aim of the consultation process is to offer irrigation organisations and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback to DAFF on the draft during its development. “The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, has met with our local organisations in Griffith recently and has a direct line of communication with them in order to fully consider the options that have been flagged locally,” Mrs Hull said. Feedback is sought on arrangements in particular eligible water entitlements, process for transferring entitlements, process for transferring back water allocations, dates for completion of efficiency measures and the tender application form. The comment period on the draft closes on 8 September 2006 and further information can be found at www.daff.gov.au/watertender or by contacting 1800 727 984. (End) For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.