Regarding your front page story “Small water relief”.
Are we getting a glimpse of the future with the Federal Government issuing 100 Gl of water at a set price, with which to grow stock feed?
In a situation where there is not enough water to go around, will the governing water bodies have to divide their essential resource between industries; allocating X amount to horticulture, X amount to dairying, and so on?
Along with such rationing; setting a fixed and realistic market price on temporary water, just as other water and drainage fees and charges are set, would enable farmers to, at least, do a budget.
It would also remove the greed and profiteering which is hindering the useful management tool of temporary water trading.