Wa­ter re­cov­ery bid gets slammed

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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.

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