Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Growers plead for drainage scheme fix

Tuesday March 12, 2013 - 11:41 EDT

A growers' group at Koo Wee Rup in Gippsland is calling for an urgent overhaul of the district's drainage system, saying it is ineffective and jeopardising the asparagus industry.

A Victorian Government committee is investigating the management and maintenance of rural drainage.

The Australian Asparagus Council at Koo Wee Rup has used the inquiry to call for urgent maintenance of its drainage system.

More than 90 per cent of Australia's asparagus is grown in the region but floods have decimated yields in recent years.

The group says environmental overlays are preventing proper maintenance of the district's drains.

Grower Joe Vizzari says the prospect of losing crops to further floods will drive farmers away.

"Unfortunately it's getting to the stage that we can't farm this area," Mr Vizzari said.

Melbourne Water, which manages the drainage system, says it must find the balance between environmental and farming concerns.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Grantham flood inquiry: Three people missing after 2011 deluge in Queensland never found, commission hears

19:04 EST

Three people who went missing during the deadly 2011 Grantham flood have never been found, an inquiry in Queensland has heard.

Ten people stranded in heavy snow rescued by helicopter from Tasmania's Mount Field national park

18:53 EST

Emergency workers have launched another rescue operation for people stranded in heavy snow, this time for 10 people snowed in at Lake Dobson in Mount Field National Park, about 75 kilometres north-west of Hobart.

Drought concessional loan scheme to be re-opened within days, says Federal Government drought coordinator

16:30 EST

A new "drought coordinator" working on the border of Victoria and South Australia, says the next round of drought concessional loans will be opened within days and funding boosts will be announced for a list of service providers.