Wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion is not enough

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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.

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