Water is always a big political issue and it was no exception in Deniliquin last week as invited guests provided evidence at a parliamentary inquiry into the augmentation of water supply for rural and regional NSW.
Water inquiry deputy chair Mick Veitch, who chaired the Deniliquin session in the absence of regular chair Robert Brown, said many issues were discussed by the almost 20 invited guests who provided evidence.
‘‘We heard concerns about water sharing, resource and groundwater plans as well as the timeliness of water allocation,’’ Mr Veitch said.
‘‘The transparency and amount of information being provided was also discussed.’’
Mr Veitch said many themes brought up at the Deniliquin meeting had been heard by the inquiry all over the state, with concerns about communication, or a lack of it, being a standout theme discussed at Deniliquin.
‘‘The lack of communication between government departments and water stakeholders in NSW was a real issue (discussed),’’ he said.
The information from all the NSW towns the inquiry visits will be used to look at water use now and to help create a 50-year plan for water needs in the future.
‘‘The information from the inquiry will be tabled in parliament and the government has to then respond to the recommendations the committee makes,’’ Mr Veitch said.
He expressed his gratitude to those who took the time to write a submission.
‘‘On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank the efforts of people who have written submissions and for making it to regional NSW to provide evidence.
‘‘Some people have travelled a long way to be here.’’