Alliance urges input at creek meeting
The Department of Industry Water will be in Jerilderie today to seek advice from locals about three proposed Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) projects.
It is the second scheduled meeting this week after yesterday’s Conargo meeting.
Part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the SDL projects proposed include the estimated $52 million Yanco Regulator Project.
Creek Country Alliance spokesperson Helene Mortlock said there’s a huge opportunity to let the government department know how people feel about what she calls a ‘‘far fetched proposal’’.
‘‘The lack of water in the creeks between the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers will have far reaching ramifications for all communities,’’ Mrs Mortlock said.
‘‘There will not only be environmental impacts, but we also have to think about other things such as protecting ourselves against bush fires.
‘‘The social and economic impact will be huge.
‘‘This is the first chance we’ve had to directly address the representative.
‘‘In their own paperwork the SDL projects can proceed unless there is neutral and positive social-economic outcomes, let alone ecological.
‘‘What will be good about this meeting is it will also provide an opportunity for us to hear directly what they’re planning.’’
The Jerilderie meeting starts at 1.30pm today, at the Jerilderie Civic Hall.