Water

‘It’s a ticking time bomb’

By Country News

Northern Victorian Irrigation Communities chairman Nick James described last week’s drought summit at Mooroopna as something of a ‘‘bloodbath’’.

‘‘There has been close to six or seven years when this government could have changed things, and not much has changed — and they are here today saying it’s about to change, and I don’t think anyone quite believes them.

‘‘The only outcome out of today was probably empty hopes.

‘‘Made you feel good for a minute, but the reality is, it’s a ticking time bomb.’’

He understood that the government was not going to pause the plan, but believed talks of a review of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan for the southern basin was promising.