| June 08, 2018

MINCo delivers safeguards for GMID Irrigators

The Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said today’s summit of the Ministerial council (MINCo) of Federal and State Water Ministers has delivered a sigh of relief for the irrigators in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID). 

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon David Littleproud announced after the meeting that 450GL of up-water will only be delivered with neutral or positive social and economic outcomes. MINCo has agreed to this.

“The outcome of the meeting has created clarity for GMID irrigators by guaranteeing an unambiguous and clear definition of what socio-economic neutrality means to whole communities and our region,” Mr Drum said.

“We have been working for more than two years to deliver positive and balanced outcomes for irrigators, communities and the environment throughout the Murray Darling Basin. Minister Littleproud has secured delivery of the 70GL correction to the Northern Basin and the 605GL Sustainable Diversion Limit.

“The politics of Federal Labor and the Greens almost blew the Plan apart. The National Party and Minister Littleproud took a rational and forthright approach and today was the start of putting genuine safeguards for productive agricultural water into the future.       

“Whilst water policy is complex and controversial we all know that water being used for productive agriculture produces hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Goulburn and Murray Valleys. Every business, processor, service provider and employee in our community benefits from every dollar made in agriculture,” Mr Drum said.

In his two visits in recent months to the electorate of Murray, Minister Littleproud took home the message of the uncertainty surrounding the 450GL of up-water and the impact it would have on the broader community. I have been privileged to work with farming, community and business leaders in fighting for the future prosperity of our regional communities.

“Water security creates more jobs, a stronger economy and healthy communities,” Mr Drum said.

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