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Authority seeks more sale time

GWMWater was planning to ask the Commonwealth Government for more time early this week as it attempted to secure 100 percent support for the sale of Wimmera irrigation rights.
The corporation confirmed that it had responses from all parties holding irrigation entitlements but had been unable to secure full support for the sale, pending ‘clarification of a number of issues’.
The Commonwealth Government has offered to pay $900 a megalitre for the rights of 28,000 megalitres held by Wimmera irrigators. The $25.2-million sale will only proceed if all 218 Wimmera irrigators agree to the deal.
The government made the deal in response to a Wimmera Irrigation Association proposal. It plans to use the water to help meet a 23-gigalitre environmental shortfall in the Wimmera-Avoca river system, identified in a draft Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The government asked GWMWater to provide advice on the sale’s progress by last Friday.
GWMWater managing director Mark Williams said the corporation was pleased with the sale progress considering the process involved.
“We do not underestimate the significance of the decision to be made by irrigators,” he said.

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