South Aus­tralia needs to pay

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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

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