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Water frontages

Water frontages

Bill passed

The Victorian Farmers Federation has expressed its disappointment at the passage of a bill that removes a prohibition of camping on licensed water frontages.

The VFF says farmers are being ignored and they are calling for more consultation between the state government and farmers.

Voicing her concern also, Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said "Those who have supported this bill have ignored the genuine and reasonable concerns from the farming community and environmental groups."

"The Liberal Nationals supported more Victorians enjoying fishing and camping on public land but they wanted to safeguard native habitats on water frontages and protect farmers, their livestock and crops."

She said, "Granting permission would have been one simple way of ensuring that campers would be respectful of the local farmer, the environment and the ongoing sustainability of river management."

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Camping on licensed water frontages can begin from September 1, next year.

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