Farm­ers to meet to dis­cuss wa­ter re­cov­ery

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

FARM­ERS within the Con­damine Al­lu­vium Aquifers are be­ing en­cour­aged to at­tend in­for­ma­tion ses­sions next week about wa­ter re­cov­ery un­der the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan.

The in­for­ma­tion ses­sions, fa­cil­i­tated by the Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion and mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions Cen­tral Downs Ir­ri­ga­tors Lim­ited and Cot­ton Aus­tralia, will ex­plain a pro­posal that of­fers en­ti­tle­ment hold­ers a high de­gree of wa­ter li­cence cer­tainty fol­low­ing mar­ket-based pay­ments for their wa­ter.

The Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan re­quires 40,400ML of nom­i­nal en­ti­tle­ment to be re­cov­ered from the to­tal 86,600ML en­ti­tle­ment in the Cen­tral Con­damine Al­lu­vium.

To date, just over 3000ML has been re­cov­ered through the pre­vi­ous five ten­der rounds.

CDIL chair and farmer Lind­say Krieg strongly en­cour­aged farm­ers within the af­fected re­gion to at­tend one of the in­for­ma­tion ses­sions as their in­put to the con­tin­ued wa­ter re­cov­ery process was es­sen­tial.

“The pro­posal that will be dis­cussed pro­tects farm­ers from fur­ther re­duc­tions in their en­ti­tle­ment and al­lows all or part of an en­ti­tle­ment to be sold,” Mr Krieg said.

“It will also en­able farm­ers to par­tic­i­pate in a ground­wa­ter-fo­cused healthy head­wa­ters ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency pro­gram.”

In­for­ma­tion ses­sions will be held at the Ce­cil Plains Hall to­mor­row at 2pm and the Dalby BMO of­fices on Thurs­day from 9am.

State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives will also at­tend.

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