I could sense the pride of our com­mu­ni­ties, as well as a high level of frus­tra­tion and a de­ter­mi­na­tion to get a fair go

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‘‘While we thank the min­is­ters for agree­ing that rig­or­ous cri­te­ria is needed to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from fur­ther wa­ter re­cov­ery, there are still many facets of the basin plan which need ur­gent at­ten­tion to en­sure bal­ance is re­stored to the plan and our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Cr Han­nan said.

‘‘Our farm­ers want to get back to do­ing what they do so well, which is putting food on the ta­ble of Aus­tralians, plus other peo­ple through­out the world.

‘‘They can­not do this if wa­ter is poured down the river and out to sea, caus­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age along the way.

‘‘On be­half of the four may­ors in south­ern New South Wales I call on gov­ern­ments to adopt a prac­ti­cal, com­mon-sense ap­proach to the basin plan in 2019.

‘‘Work with our com­mu­ni­ties, not against us, to pro­tect both our en­vi­ron­ment and our pros­per­ity.’’

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