Farmers to meet to discuss water recovery
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.