South Australia needs to pay
Sir, South Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin Association have misled and deceived NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
SA has systematically drained 4000GL a year from the catchments of the Coorong and the lower lakes out to sea.
These catchments include most of the south east of SA and south west Victoria, a vast area of high rainfall land.
SA has caused an environ- mental disaster in the lower lakes, and the Coorong wants NSW, Victoria and Queensland to pay for it.
If you don’t me believe me, view the YouTube video entitled ‘History of the drainage in SE of SA part 2’.
There is no mention of this disaster in the current plan.
This current MDBA plan has caused huge damage to our irrigation communities and will have a huge impact on our national wealth.
Never before has a State of the Federation been so misleading and deceptive.
SA must pay NSW, Victoria and Queensland $5 billion in reparation.
SA irrigators will require some of this money also.
The 3000GL that flows to SA yearly should cease, while 800GL should be stored in Snowy Hydro storages to drought proof irrigated agriculture.
A charge of 8ML per year, per hectare on all forests less than 40 years old that are in the Murray Darling Basin catchment must be applied.
Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) technology should be applied at Menindee Lakes to supply Broken Hill. This will save 400GL per year in evaporation.
A channel must be constructed from Lake Cawndilla to the Darling River and have a regulator on it. This will save 200GL every three years.
MAR technology should be installed throughout the MDB. MAR is not mentioned in the current MDBA plan.
It is incomprehensible that this SA debacle has happened, though the proof is there.
Let us correct it.
These people are unAustralian and should hang their heads in shame.
In the new plan we need the latest and best expert advice on all things to do with the management of the environment for the fish and the trees.
The current plan has killed fish and trees and good water was wasted to do that!
Yours etc. Graeme Pyle, Berriquin Irrigators Chair