Last chance for MDBP sub­mis­sion

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers, busi­ness own­ers, grow­ers and ir­ri­ga­tors are be­ing urged to make their voices heard by lodg­ing a writ­ten sub­mis­sion on wa­ter buy­backs.

Sub­mis­sions to the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity’ North­ern Basin Re­view close on Fe­bru­ary 24.

As part of the MDB Plan, 278GL of wa­ter was al­ready taken from pro­duc­tion across North­ern Basin com­mu­ni­ties to date.

At the end of 2016, the MDBA re­leased its draft pro­posal to re­duce the to­tal vol­ume of re­cov­ery from 390GL to 320GL.

Cot­ton Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Michael Mur­ray said the rec­om­men­da­tion to strip even more wa­ter was un­ac­cept­able.

“The MDBA’s plans to re­move more wa­ter from ir­ri­ga­tion-de­pen­dent com­mu­ni­ties across the North­ern Basin will con­tinue to in­flict un­nec­es­sary eco­nomic pain,” Mr Mur­ray said.

“The pro­posed 320GL tar­get for wa­ter re­cov­ery will mean around 450 jobs will be lost from the com­mu­ni­ties across the North­ern Basin.

“Th­ese job losses are not just from the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, but from busi­nesses sup­ply­ing farm­ers and lo­cal busi­nesses and providers ser­vic­ing lo­cal towns.”

Lodge sub­mis­sions via www.farm­ers.org.au.

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