ROD­NEY DUNN

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Poor water pol­icy has re­duced Rod­ney Dunn’s mixed farm at Melool from a thriv­ing en­ter­prise to a dust bowl this year. He hopes to see a sev­enth gen­er­a­tion take on the busi­ness that has been run by his fam­ily for more than 100 years — but he has grave fears for the fu­ture. This year he stripped 50 tonne of peas off 121 ha, his bar­ley crop is okay and the rest of the farm is sheep feed that could be eaten in a mat­ter of days. ‘‘The en­vi­ron­men­tal water holder has enough water, they don’t need to take any more out of the sys­tem and they need to stop the 450 Gl,’’ Mr Dunn said. ‘‘All states need to be equal when it comes to al­lo­ca­tion.’’ He said farm­ers had been too po­lite over the years and it was time politi­cians be­came ac­count­able for their poli­cies and their mis­takes. ‘‘I have a close friend who farms on the Dar­ling — he is stuffed and they are try­ing to do the same thing here now to Hume and Dart­mouth, and to us. ‘‘We could have pro­duced enough hay and crops to help NSW and Queens­land farm­ers — but they wouldn’t give us an al­lo­ca­tion and in­stead think it is a bet­ter idea to waste water and send it out to sea.’’

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