Rego vic­tory for farm­ers

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The NSW Gov­ern­ment has back­flipped and agreed to ad­dress a five-year regis­tra­tion rip-off, ac­cord­ing to the Shoot­ers Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party.

The party’s Mur­ray elec­torate spokesper­son He­len Dal­ton said NSW Trans­port Min­is­ter Melinda Pavey had an­nounced com­pen­sa­tion for farm­ers for over­charg­ing heavy ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion.

‘‘It could amount to more than $2000 per heavy ve­hi­cle reg­is­tered by farm­ers,’’ Ms Dal­ton said.

The party was also crit­i­cal of wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions for farm­ers.

‘‘The NSW Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage con­tin­u­ously holds on to wa­ter be­long­ing to farm­ers,’’ she said.

‘‘In the Mur­ray this equates to 10 per cent gen­eral se­cu­rity and three per cent high se­cu­rity, but there are parcels in all other val­leys.

‘‘They were rolled into the Wa­ter Shar­ing Plans and then, very con­ve­niently, re­badged and for­got­ten.

‘‘Only when the catch­ment is sat­u­rated is 100 per cent of wa­ter avail­able and al­ways too late for the plant­ing of an­nual sum­mer crops or the wa­ter­ing of win­ter ce­re­als.’’

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