Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fight continues for our water

David Lee February 10, 2016

THE next step as part of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Water Leadership Forum, saw Independent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed, Committee for Greater Shepparton chair, David McKenzie and RMCG consulting water expert, Rob Rendell take an appeal to the Senate Select Committee last week.
The visit allowed the group to meet with key stakeholders and discuss concerns, with hope to see the postponement of the Sustainable Diversion Limits adjustments, for the environment to recover on its own and the prevention of the planned 450GL to be removed from the system.
Suzanna told The Adviser the group also took the opportunity to meet with the chairman and CEO of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the commonwealth environmental water holder, David Papps and the Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford to discuss their concerns.
“This visit was about heightening the awareness of what is happening in the Goulburn Murray district and discuss the concerns we have, in particular the socio-economic impacts occurring in the region.
“We also specifically asked what we want done. There were three important points we made that need to happen and happen quickly.
“The first was that there be a postponement of the Sustainable Diversion Limits adjustments, that are to take place in June this year, for at least another 12 months to examine socio-economic impacts to the region, before the demands for water are made.
“The second was to enable 650GL to be recovered by the environment doing its own work.
“And finally, to prevent another 450GL coming out of the system in the future. We want that taken off the table all together. To go ahead with this would be too damaging.
“These three requests would give everyone more time to look at other opportunities and make sure the environment is sufficient,” Suzanna said.