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Murray Irrigation welcomes new Government Department

Murray Irrigation has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the new ‘Department of Regional NSW’, which aims to focus on the needs of rural and regional communities and industries such as Agriculture.

Phil Endley, CEO, said that regional Australia has been scarred by ongoing drought, recent bushfires and other natural events, with COVID-19 feeling like a kick in the guts for farmers and the communities they support.

“There’s no doubt that our industry has, and continues to, face a number of stark issues that are compounded by the fact that we’re coming into potentially a third year of zero General Security allocation.

“For our industry to survive, and to continue to meet our obligation of growing breakfast, lunch and dinner to feed our country, we need a strong governmental focus to effect change and provide support.

“My hope is that the new Department will bring this focus, genuinely hear our concerns and work with us to enact solutions to help secure food and fibre production for the future – regardless of the external challenges thrown at us,” Phil said.

With the announcement, comes the question of where the new Department will call home and how it will be staffed, given the tendency to favour major cities.

“My genuine hope is that the Department will be based in regional NSW and staffed by suitably qualified locals. After all, the best way to understand regional issues is to experience them first-hand.

“Not to mention the bonus of an amazing lifestyle, no traffic jams, clean air, being surrounded by nature and some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet.

“We’ll be following the plans and progress closely,” Phil concluded.