Opinion

There must be something in their water

By Country News

I have been following an idea that concerned me, about what is going on and how the Environmental Water Holder and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority are being managed to the enormous disadvantage of our regional communities.

Not all environment water is metered or monitored. Yet we as irrigators in this region are metered and monitored, as is required by law, to a high standard.

How then is the recovery of 605Gl and then another 450Gl able to be transparent and accountable to the same high standard? The science is flawed, indeed if there is any at all, that underpins these figures.

The facts — as highlighted by Professor Peter Gell, Louise Burge, John Lolicato, Neil Eagle and many more learned people — are ignored. It is almost like a war against the scientific facts.

Why? We all know that it is physically impossible to fulfil these targets. Is there something else in the water they are drinking?

Just because it is said to be happening by the politicians and the authorities does not make it right.

The MDBA created a new service of demand — the push of an ailing environment.

Yet the reality is that it is all based on political ideology. Power and position. Votes for South Australia.

Where are we able see how much water is held by government? How much is enough?

They certainly know how much is held by the irrigator and their water delivery companies.

All this comes at the expense of our communities, highlighted in the independent reports of RMCG and the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District — where the facts are that $700million is removed from our regions as a direct impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

This limits our confidence in our region. Limits our confidence to invest for our children’s future.

We have witnessed the disgraceful and deliberate failures of the environmental waterings.

Why were the floods of 2016 not credited to the environment portfolio — a double dip.

The southern basin communities are the casualties once again where the political decision makers have used water to influence their position and power.

With the reduction in industries within our regional communities, we are in danger of becoming an economic backwater, plagued by unemployment, redundant infrastructure and purposeless lives.

Politicians are administrators — they are empowered to create the right conditions for enterprise to thrive.

The water is being used as political collateral, and some industries and, sadly, people get left behind.

We cannot let this continue. We must unite as a community and with the other communities of the southern basin and ‘Speak Up’.

—Vicki Meyer

Deniliquin