Saturday, December 16, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Editor August 23, 2017

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

Dear Editor,

The Goulburn Valley Environment Group (GVEG) calls on the Turnbull Government to initiate a judicial inquiry into issues uncovered in the recent ABC Four Corners program which demonstrated what happens when a lack of compliance and monitoring is exacerbated by bad policy.

If allegations raised by the Four Corners Program are accurate, rogue irrigators and their political backers are harming the health of the entire basin and all communities

The NSW government’s actions are having an impact on Victoria’s share of Darling inflows and water availability for both our irrigators and the environment.

Of particular concern is evidence of political collusion surrounding the 2012 Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan and questions over the recent Northern Basin Review processes.

GVEG does not consider the current Government response to call on the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to undertake an ‘independent’ inquiry adequate in relation to the severity of the allegations which include roles and responsibilities of the MDBA.

We cannot let the implementation of the Basin Plan be undermined by a few irrigators and corruption with-in the NSW water industry.

Only a judicial inquiry with the ability to call witnesses and provide protection for whistle blowers will be capable of investigating issues arising from the Four Corners program and subsequent allegations involving the NSW Nationals and the NSW Government.

Yours sincerely,

John Pettigrew

GVEG president