A northern Victorian federal MP is questioning whether water managers can legally shut down the Campaspe irrigation system.
Seventy per cent of Campaspe irrigators have voted to sell their water rights to the Commonwealth for the environment, after years of drought.
But the Liberal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone, says an application has not been made to the Federal Government to buy the water.
She says under the state constitution, the Victorian Government must continue operating the system.
“Under this particular part of the constitution, and I’ve had legal advice on this, it isn’t simply a case of Goulburn Murray Water saying ‘we’re going to turn this water delivery service off – we simply think that all of you must cease having your water delivered to you’,” Dr Stone said.
The executive manager of modernisation for the northern Victoria irrigation renewal project, David Kent, disagrees with Dr Stone.
He says the community has decided to stop irrigating and the systems will be amalgamated.