Water allocation is not enough
THE Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has expressed its disappointment at continuing low water allocations for NSW Murray Valley irrigators.
The comments followed last week’s announcement by the NSW Office of Water of a 15 per cent allocation for general security entitlement holders.
RGA President Les Gordon said that the announcement did not properly reflect the amount of water in the system.
“Relying on carryover statistics to claim that the allocation represents an average access to 83 per cent of entitlement is, although statistically true, misleading,” Mr Gordon said.
“Irrigators find themselves in a range of circumstances, where such averages don’t form the basis for their own planning decisions. The reality is that general security irrigators still only have access to 15 per cent of their entitlement, despite the most favourable conditions in years.” However, Mr Gordon holds hope for the future. “Given the availability of water in the system, we look forward to the allocation building quickly,’’ he said.