Al­liance urges in­put at creek meet­ing

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

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.

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