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THE Yanakie Progress Association has
been successful in obtaining funding for
a feasibility study, which will look into
long term water security for the area.
Visiting a property in Yanakie last Wednes-
day, Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced
$50,000 from the State Government for a feasi-
bility study to look at the construction of a new
pipeline for the area.
Ms Neville said water security is a critical part
of being able to secure the economic future of the
“What we have seen over the last 30 years is
a continuing decline in water and rainfall levels.
Certainly the last 12 months has seen some of the
lowest rainfall ever recorded,” she said.
“That has put a lot of pressure on agricultural
and dairy industries in terms of knowing what
their future is.
“It has come from the Yanakie Progress Asso-
ciation wanting some money to undertake a feasi-
bility study, to look at what might be the best way
forward securing water for this region.”
The study will examine long-term water sup-
ply options for farmers who are facing the com-
bined impacts of dry conditions and lower-than-
expected milk prices.
The study will consider the best ways to in-
crease on-farm storages, including rainfall run-
off modelling and climate change scenarios to
It will also investigate the potential of a 23
kilometre pipeline from Foster, extending Victo-
ria’s water grid to include the Yanakie area.
“When the feasibility study is complete, we
will sit down with community and determine the
best way forward...and make those decisions af-
ter that,” Ms Neville said.
“The study will take until around January next
year. We will have those conversations then and
try and determine best solutions going forward
and start to implement that.”
Southern Rural Water will facilitate the study.
Ms Neville said there will be a solution in the
next two and a half years for the community.
“This is a prime dairy area and we want to
make sure we are positioning for the future to
meet the challenges of climate change, and we
know that water is absolutely central to that fu-
ture,” she said.
Water study financed
DID you know? There
are 405 Neighbourhood
or Community Houses in
Victoria and that on aver-
age a huge 181,700 peo-
ple visit a Neighbourhood
House each week?
More than 6200 Victorians
contributed an average total 63
hours of volunteer work per
Neighbourhood House each
week. Those numbers are in-
Here at Milpara Commu-
nity House, during the past 12
months we had over 10,000
people come to the House. We
currently have over 50 vol-
unteers and their contribution
to the house exceeded 2800
hours during this time. The
State Government provides
funding for the house of 30
hours per week, with the ex-
pectation that we will deliver
twice that number of activity
hours. Milpara Community
House delivers over 86 hours
of activities per week. Inter-
A Milpara representative
attended the Community En-
gagement Conference, ‘Plan,
Grow, Thrive’ offered by the
South Gippsland Shire Council
on July 25. This was a fantastic
event; well attended and well
planned. During one of the ses-
sions attendees were asked if
any of their organisations re-
The answer was, very few
if any, and one of the reasons
for this seems to be that people
don’t think locally when they
are drafting their will. More
often than not, any bequests
are directed to the metropolitan
areas and then these funds get
pooled into general revenue.
So if you are preparing your
will and would like to make
a bequest, it would be worth
thinking about asking your so-
licitor to name a local charity
or not for profit organisation
as the recipient – that way your
gift stays in the area and ben-
efits the local community. Just
something to think about.
QUINN Paul McCarthy was born on June 20 at the Leon-
gatha Hospital to Mark and Prue McCarthy of Leongatha.
Quinn is a baby brother for Milla, four, and Ewan, two.
Pipe talk: from left, Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville, Yanakie Progress Asso-
ciation president and farmer Alex Moon, and Craig Hughes from Southern Rural Water at
Yanakie last Wednesday, for a $50,000 announcement.
Milpara Community House Korumburra
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