Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Bill will not dis­ap­pear

- New South Wales · Government of New South Wales · Deniliquin · Melinda Pavey

He­len Dal­ton’s wa­ter trans­parency will not be shelved and for­got­ten.

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The NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray said she and the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers would con­tinue to ‘‘read the room’’ of Par­lia­ment and rein­tro­duce the bill when the time is right.

Mrs Dal­ton’s Wa­ter Man­age­ment Amend­ment (Wa­ter Rights Trans­parency) Bill 2020 was de­feated 45 to 41 in the NSW Lower House on Septem­ber 24 af­ter pre­vi­ously pass­ing in the Up­per House.

Across both houses, all par­ties and in­de­pen­dents sup­ported Mrs Dal­ton’s bill, ex­cept the Lib­er­als, Na­tion­als and Fred Nile.

‘‘It is part of the Na­tional Wa­ter Ini­tia­tive; it has to be done at some stage, so they are go­ing to have to come to the party,’’ Mrs Dal­ton said.

‘‘(Wa­ter Min­is­ter Melinda) Pavey is now say­ing there is no point hav­ing a reg­is­ter in New South Wales and that it needs to be done na­tion­ally. New South Wales (gov­ern­ment) is al­ways puff­ing their chest out say­ing New South Wales leads the way — lead the way, it’s got to start some­where.

‘‘The num­bers will change one day, and the minute they change we’ll put it up again.

‘‘Now wa­ter has been sep­a­rated from land, it is re­ally im­por­tant to have this reg­is­ter. I’m a very pri­vate per­son, but if I have to de­clare my land, the jobs I’ve got, the shares I won or what­ever then I have to do it. That is the pol­icy.

‘‘Un­less we do it across the board and have com­plete trans­parency, it’s like hav­ing a fence with a hole in it.’’

Mrs Dal­ton’s wa­ter bill was a main topic of dis­cus­sion when she was the spe­cial guest at the NSW Farm­ers and Deniliquin Business Cham­ber’s Break­fast be­fore Business event on Thurs­day.

She also spoke about the re­jected amend­ment to flood­plain har­vest­ing leg­is­la­tion, and her time spent in Par­lia­ment.

NSW Farm­ers Deniliquin branch chair Amanda Barlow said the break­fast was held thanks to drought fund­ing that was re­ceived.

‘‘The op­por­tu­nity came up to ap­ply for the fund­ing and we thought it was a good way to cel­e­brate com­ing out of the drought,’’ she said.

‘‘We wanted He­len to come along to give us all an up­date on what she’s do­ing, and to bring peo­ple up to speed on how she is help­ing our area.

‘‘‘Our branch has sup­ported her wa­ter trans­parency bill, so it was good to hear she will con­tinue to push this.’’

 ??  ?? NSW Farm­ers Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lor Chris Stil­lard and NSW Farm­ers Wa­ter Task­force mem­ber Lousie Burge.
NSW Farm­ers Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lor Chris Stil­lard and NSW Farm­ers Wa­ter Task­force mem­ber Lousie Burge.
 ??  ?? Deniliquin Business Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lauren Ryan, NSW Mem­ber Mur­ray He­len Dal­ton and NSW Farm­ers Deniliquin branch chair Amanda Barlow.
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Deniliquin Business Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lauren Ryan, NSW Mem­ber Mur­ray He­len Dal­ton and NSW Farm­ers Deniliquin branch chair Amanda Barlow. for
 ??  ?? ■ Steve Fawns, Rowena Jack­son and Alan Wragge.
■ Steve Fawns, Rowena Jack­son and Alan Wragge.

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