Mes­sages not get­ting through to MPs

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

The $5 mil­lion Drought Fu­ture Fund an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 26 by our Prime Min­is­ter again highlights how far away our de­ci­sion mak­ers are from ru­ral re­al­ity.

There seems to be very lit­tle men­tion of small busi­nesses who rely on farm­ers for their sur­vival.

Small busi­nesses in ru­ral towns are the first to feel the pain in a drought.

Ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the Mur­ray Val­ley are cur­rently in a man-made drought as water flows right past and to South Aus­tralia.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is spend­ing $13 bil­lion on dis­man­tling the coun­try’s drought­proof­ing which was al­ready es­tab­lished by our fore­fa­thers; the $5 bil­lion bandaid is not a longterm so­lu­tion.

Fix the mis­man­age­ment of fresh water by South Aus­tralia and you would free up thou­sands of gi­gal­itres of water for pro­duc­tion and then you have drought re­silience.

I can only say that it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ob­vi­ous that Can­berra is not tak­ing any no­tice of our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive — ei­ther that or they are be­ing given the wrong mes­sages. — Kevin Sut­ton

Stan­hope

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