Fin­ley fam­ily’s plea to ‘pro­tect fu­ture’

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

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.

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