WHEATBELT NEEDS MORE FUND­ING

Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

THE McGowan govern­ment has dis­missed from the Wheatbelt Catch­ment Al­liance of WA a sub­mis­sion to jointly fund drainage of saline wa­ter from Wheatbelt catch­ment chan­nels.

For ev­ery kilo­me­tre of drainage fi­nanced by Govern­ment, farm­ers would con­struct 1.5km of in­ter­con­nect­ing pipes at their own ex­pense.

About 9 per cent of the Wheatbelt’s 9 mil­lion hectares cleared for agri­cul­ture is un­pro­duc­tive be­cause of salt en­croach­ment, yet three quar­ters of this could be re­cov­ered in the long term by in­tro­duc­ing a con­trolled and reg­u­lated drainage sys­tem.

$ 674 mil­lion of Roy­al­ties for Re­gions al­lo­ca­tion has been hi­jacked to ser­vice elec­tion prom­ises and pay back debt.

Are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Metronet dip­ping into hip pock­ets to com­pro­mise the Govern­ment’s in­vest­ment? WILL DUNNE, Forrestfield

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