Finley family’s plea to ‘protect future’
The Barnes family of Finley is telling the government and water authorities that if there is no water there is no future for them, or any other irrigation business in the district.
They were among the more than 500 people to attend Monday’s water crisis rally at the Deniliquin RSL Club, and to unanimously support a motion for a water allocation to be made for NSW Murray general security irrigation.
Cheryl Barnes, who attended Monday’s water crisis rally in Deniliquin with her son William, said without any intervention from those with the power to help farming business like theirs, it will be unsustainable.
She said equally as debilitating as the lack of water availability for producers, is the pressure it is putting on the temporary water market.
‘‘We’ve just spent $4200 for one day’s water, and that was just trying to get things started (for the season),’’ Mrs Barnes said.
‘‘We don’t have the resources to keep doing that though, so we might have to think about selling our cows just to buy water.
‘‘We are beef farmers and we need to be able to water pastures.
‘‘We need oats and lucerne to grow so we can continue to feed our cows.
‘‘All the hay we did have has gone to those in other drought areas.’’
According to data released by Murray Irrigation yesterday, temporary water was selling for between $362 and $900.
Cheryl Barnes and her son William Barnes were among more than 500 people sending a clear message at Monday’s water crisis rally.