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Murray Irrigation welcomes Sir Angus Houston to the region

Murray Irrigation, this week welcomed Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) new Chair Sir Angus Houston and CEO Phillip Glyde to the area, to showcase irrigation infrastructure and discuss the challenges faced by local farmers.

Philip Endley, Chief Executive Officer, said Murray Irrigation was pleased to showcase the region to Sir Angus Houston and CEO Phillip Glyde who visited local irrigation infrastructure and discussed a broad range of local concerns.

“We know there’s a lot of frustrated farmers out there and it’s important to explain why this is the case. Especially the unintended third-party impacts of water reform and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in its current form. It was great to do so face-to-face, which has been difficult during the pandemic.

“It was also a chance to exhibit some of our infrastructure including the Lawson Syphon and the Mascotte Escape, which enables local environmental watering. We felt the conversations around the unique challenges we face here were constructive,” he said.

Phil Snowden, Murray Irrigation Chair said that the company is committed to working with the relevant agencies to find a healthy balance of water distribution for irrigation and environmental needs.

“There’s some great opportunities to improve system efficiencies that can contribute to positive environmental outcomes and reduce the threat of future buybacks, for only a fraction of the water when compared to flooding.

“We know that river management is complex and that the MDBA has a difficult role balancing the needs of all water users across three States and various stakeholder groups.

“Murray Irrigation is keen to work with them and other relevant agencies to find solutions to the many existing problems and sustain our farming communities.

“We’re now at a point where, after all the many reviews that have been undertaken, we want to see action to improve outcomes for all Australians,” Phil said.