‘Think on it’ be­fore Basin Plan meeting

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Dear Edi­tor, There is a very im­por­tant meeting com­ing up in De­niliquin on Fri­day.

Af­ter pe­rus­ing the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity web­site, the meeting is all about tak­ing wa­ter from agri­cul­ture pre­dom­i­nantly and di­vert­ing it to the environment.

It’s 450,000 me­gal­itres the MDBA hopes to squeeze out of agri­cul­ture, us farm­ers, ir­ri­ga­tors.

Be­fore en­ter­ing into an ar­gu­ments with the MDBA, I urge ir­ri­ga­tors to think very care­fully about giv­ing up wa­ter.

The more wa­ter that leaves Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion, the less vi­able our com­pany be­comes, the dearer the dis­tri­bu­tions charges will be.

To ex­trap­o­late that sce­nario, Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion could col­lapse, be­cause it has not enough wa­ter to sell/de­liver.

That could lead to a cat­a­strophic re­sult for ev­ery­one!

Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion only de­liv­ers half the wa­ter it used to, and our av­er­age al­lo­ca­tion over the last 20 years, on my records, is only 52.8 per cent.

Please think about this; don;t let the MDBA take any more wa­ter out of this district.

I could not touch their ef­fi­ciency mea­sures with a forty foot pole (as they say).

Farm­ers who gave wa­ter up in the last round, just like us, have zero al­lo­ca­tion as well.

Frankly, the MDBA has all the en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter it needs, it just need to use it ju­di­ciously, not just wash it out to sea or evap­o­rate it away in the Lower Lakes.

Please think on this.

At Four Post Camp for the Year 9 boys em­pow­er­ment day are (back, from left) Four Post care­taker Mel Beck­with, Har­ri­son van Zeyl, Jack Michael, Luke Rodda, Brad Poka, Ash­ley Hart, Nathan Kelvey and De­niliquin High School boys ad­viser Josh Per­iz­zolo; (front) Ca­ble Fitz­patrick, Jack Wood­cock, James Hood, Zach Noo­nan, Hay­den Gar­diner and Jor­dan Doidge.

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