RGA and MIL efforts ensure Murray Valley water allocation
15 Sep 2015 11:50 AM -
The RGA has welcomed the NSW government’s decision to amend the current NSW Murray and Lower Darling water sharing plan, allowing allocations to Murray Valley General Security entitlement holders to begin.
RGA Executive Director Andrew Bomm said that RGA and Murray Irrigation had worked with the state government to get a small but critical amendment secured at short notice, without which early allocations would have been impossible.
“Constructive engagement between RGA, MIL and Minister Blair’s office has enabled allocations in the Murray Valley to start.”
“Without this change, around 180GL of potential General Security allocation would have been repaid to the Barmah-Millewa environmental watering account before we even got on the board. Now, that repayment will be triggered only once General Security allocations reach 30 per cent”.
“This provides growers with better planning certainty at this critical time of the year”.
Mr Bomm thanked the NSW government and the water policy team at MIL for ensuring this result for Murray Valley irrigators.
“This was a technically complex issue to negotiate with DPI Water. You get results like this by doing your homework and making a case for change that the bureaucracy can implement. The policy team at MIL did the technical groundwork and irrigators will benefit from the result.”
“Let’s hope for more rain in the catchment and allocations now build quickly. Our growers are earning good money from rice at the moment, we just need the dams to fill.”
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