Water managment

Murray Darling Basin: ‘Pay irrigators not to pump’ — NSW

11 January 2018

THE NSW Government is proposing the Commonwealth pay the state’s northern irrigators to allow upstream environmental water to flow past their pumps.

The move is seen as an absurdity by The Australia Institute water analyst and senior researcher Maryanne Slattery, who said the Commonwealth was now being asked to pay twice for environmental water.

“The Commonwealth has paid to recover the water, it paid NSW to protect the water and now taxpayers are being asked to pay again to get the water past downstream irrigators’ pumps. It’s absurd,” she said.

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