‘Think on it’ before Basin Plan meeting
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.