Clarity for irrigators

By Cobram Courier

The Ministerial Council meeting of federal and state water ministers on June 8 delivered a sigh of relief for Goulburn Murray Irrigation District irrigators, according to a local politician.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the meeting created clarity for GMID irrigators by guaranteeing an unambiguous and clear definition of what socio-economic neutrality meant to whole communities and our region.

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud said 450Gl of up-water would only be delivered with neutral or positive social and economic outcomes, which MINCo agreed to.

‘‘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,’’ Mr Drum said.

‘‘Mr Littleproud has secured delivery of the 70Gl correction to the northern basin and the 605Gl sustainable diversion limit.

‘‘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,’’ he said.

‘‘Every business, processor, service provider and employee in our community benefits from every dollar made in agriculture.’’