Water recovery bid gets slammed
BALONNE Shire Council has said the Federal Government’s “strategic acquisition” of another 28GLs in the Lower Balonne region, would have devastating effects on St George and Dirranbandi.
“Our communities are still reeling from the previous water buybacks, so to hear there has been another substantial buyback we feel our communities have been blindsided,” the council said.
“Our understanding was that the Federal Government would seek to recover water through other means due to the devastating social and economic impacts of buybacks felt by our communities.
“We call on our political representatives to support the 320GL limit as recommended by the Murray Darling Basin Authority to provide some certainty for our residents.”
Councillors have called for equitable federal funds for the shire considering the amount of money spent by the Federal Government on the latest buyback.
“This money would boost employment and investment... which will combat the effects of water buybacks,” it said.
“We want to assure our residents and businesses that we are continuing to fight for their best interests.”
Under the new plan, the Commonwealth believes it has made a significant step towards achieving the remaining water recovery required under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in the Condamine-Balonne.