Opinion

Murray-Darling Basin Plan continues to hurt Aussie farmers

By Country News

I have just opened my Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) bill and sit in sheer amazement

I am expected to pay $2469.36 per delivery share, regardless of how much water I receive.

This portion of my bill is to contribute to the maintenance of the water system, which seems fair until you realize that since the introduction of unbundled water rights, any person or corporation or government official can own or trade water without necessarily paying the historical infrastructure fees on the system from whence the water came.

The most amazing thing is that I'm subsidising the Chinese government, due to them being one of the largest offshore entitlement holders of Australian water.

All this whilst they place tariffs on Australian produce as it enters China along with making profits on water sales back to the struggling Aussie farmer.

If you think I’m just another whingeing cocky, then think about this: If you are a pensioner, self-funded retiree or tax payer, the Federal Government has taken $13 billion dollars of taxpayer funds to implement this disaster.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) has contributed to this situation, removing a third of the once productive water out of the system, losing millions out of the economy as a result.

The ACCC has been complicit, overseeing and allowing this to happen.

Remember the dead fish in the Darling River, which is still almost dry today at the end of winter after summer floods in Queensland and NSW? Something wrong?

Locally, go for a look at the degradation of the Murray River and Gunbower Creek bank erosion at unprecedented levels.

As a Cohuna local I watch the best dairy farm area in the world disappearing and see the rice industry just across the river going the same way.

I believe, like the late professor John Brisco, this MDBP is a disaster based on political deception, and action needs to be taken for the sake of our community.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. Please raise the Eureka flag.

This is far beyond being unjust. How much further do we have to go?

Doug Fehring, Cohuna