MIL meets with wa­ter lead­ers

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion has com­pleted an in­tense round of talks with lead­ers in na­tional wa­ter re­form.

Com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing CEO Michael Rene­han and Chair­man Bruce Simp­son, last week trav­elled to Syd­ney and Can­berra to pro­vide a snap­shot of the com­pany’s con­cerns, its im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties and its long-term de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­tract value from the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan and wa­ter re­form in gen­eral.

The trip fol­lows the re­cent Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil de­ci­sion on Sus­tain­able Diversion Limit Ad­just­ment Mech­a­nism projects, in­clud­ing the 650 gi­gal­itres of ‘down wa­ter’.

Start­ing with a cour­tesy call to Fed­eral Mem­ber for Far­rer Sus­san Ley, Mr Simp­son and Mr Rene­han met with a ‘who’s who’ in wa­ter re­form.

It in­cluded NSW Min­is­ter for Re­gional Wa­ter Niall Blair and his po­lit­i­cal coun­ter­part and NSW Shadow Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Mick Veitch.

They also met with Fed­eral Shadow Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter and Basin Plan ar­chi­tect Tony Burke and WaterNSW CEO David Har­ris.

‘‘The meet­ings were im­por­tant to rein­tro­duce Bruce Simp­son as chair­man and to pro­vide an up­date on our $206.3 mil­lion PIIOP Round 2 in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment, as well as the need for us to lever­age these im­prove­ments to ben­e­fit our cus­tomers,’’ Mr Rene­han said.

‘‘We also wanted to em­pha­sise Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion’s po­si­tion as a key player in com­mer­cial wa­ter de­liv­ery and a strate­gic part­ner in en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter out­comes.

‘‘Our ef­forts to main­tain an open and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship with these im­port- ant or­gan­i­sa­tions is es­sen­tial to the on­go­ing suc­cess of our re­gion.’’

Mr Rene­han said Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion also re­layed a level of com­mu­nity con­cern re­gard­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion with govern­ment de­part­ments, and also re­in­forced these mes­sages in sub­se­quent meet­ings with the NSW Irrigators’ Coun­cil.

He said Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion con­tin­ues to high­light the need for lo­cal en­gage­ment to de­velop long-term sus­tain­able so­lu­tions with the Na­tional Irrigators’ Coun­cil, the lead­er­ship of the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Author­ity and se­nior of­fi­cers from the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources.

‘‘We are de­ter­mined to keep po­si­tion­ing Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion and its links to com­mer­cial wa­ter users as an in­valu­able part­ner to en­sure sound pol­icy de­vel­op­ment,’’ Mr Rene­han said.

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