Inquiries And Submissions
As part of the GVIA's commitment to represent the interests of water entitlement holders' and the local community, we regularly participate in relevant Federal and State inquiries. Issue addressing any of our three core objectives are of upmost relevance to the GVIA. In addition, our role is to provide feedback on policy and legislation pertinent to our industry and region.
Following are the links to the inquiries which the organisation has participated in in recent months. For a link to past submissions, see our Archived Submissions.
House of Representative Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources
Inquiry into Water Use Efficiency
The GVIA is actively involved in commercial research into water use efficiency. Our involvement in this inquiry provided an opportunity to showcase eight years of research, as well as promote the industry positions and policy on the key issue of efficient water utilisation. We were also able to encourage and promote sustainable best management of the industry. The GVIA hosted members of the committee at a local research site, prepared a submission and actively participated at the Narrabri hearing.
GVIA Submission on WUE in Aust Ag
Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
Inquiry into The operation, effectiveness, and consequences of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Location of Corporate Commonwealth Entities) Order 2016
The GVIA supports the principle behind the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Location of Corporate Commonwealth Entities) Order 2016 as a unique opportunity to provide multi-faceted, long-term benefits to regional economies. Such leadership from the Australian Government is required to help support communities' transition to diverse and resilient economies for future generations.
GVIA Senate Decentralisation Submission
Legislative Council Portfolio Committee No. 5 – Industry and Transport
The impact of water reform and the increasing environmental water requirements on our regional economy have been significant, and both industry and the community are fatigued by such changes. We want all water users to make every drop count, not just industry. We believe there is scope within the current frameworks to better plan for the use and supply of rural water and that continued improvements in environmental water management and an investment in complementary (non-flow) measures will ensure that the reforms will result in outcomes.
GVIA Submission on Water Augmentation in NSW
Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References
The majority of media reporting that triggered national interest in the management of water resources in NSW, particularly the Barwon-Darling, failed to acknowledge and recognise Australia’s leadership in water management policies. The integrity and innovation reflected in such policy has delivered better social, environmental and economic outcomes globally. Nor has the media recognised over 20 years of national water reform with the Basin Plan, preferring to focus only on the most recent step. Reform has resulted in a trajectory that has left the irrigation industry and its communities' with less water, while increasing water availability for environmental outcomes. Irrigators' in our region have been at the forefront of this reform and are, in all honesty, fatigued.
Investigations into the performance of Water Management in NSW
Related inquiries include Independent investigation into the issues raised by the ABC’s 4 Corners program on 24 July, 2017.