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‘Worst drought on record’ allocation modelling loses support

Murray Irrigation has welcomed news from Helen Dalton MP, Member for Murray, that she will not support a recent motion to use ‘worst drought on record data’ for water allocation modelling and determinations.

Phil Endley, CEO, says the news that the local MP and her political party will not support the motion, is a good outcome for local farmers and the communities they support.

“While I can appreciate the sentiment behind the motion, in reality it would have a negative effect on our community by reducing the reliability of the General Security Water Entitlement in a number of ways.

“If the motion was passed it would result in our region seeing an allocation later in the season, which would impact on our farmers ability to plan and grow crops; we’d see a lower allocation which would further inhibit our region’s ability to grow crops; and finally, it would result in more water being carried-over to the next season.

“All our advocacy efforts have been focused on increasing the reliability of General Security allocations and attracting more productive water to our region. This motion would have done the opposite,” he said.

The motion for the NSW government to use ‘worst drought on record data’ for its allocation modelling and determinations was raised in early June by Independent NSW MP, Justin Field, in the NSW Legislative Council.

“As soon as we heard about the motion, we wrote to NSW Water Minister, Melinda Pavey MP, and contacted our local member, Helen Dalton MP, to flag our concerns – as did other organisations and local farmers.

“We’re pleased that our voices have been heard and will be represented at a state level. This is a strong outcome for the region and shows what can be achieved when we all work together,” Phil concluded.