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Calls for environmental water entitlements to be sold to drought-affected farmers

15 August 2018

Anne Davies, The Guardian
15 August 2018

There are growing calls for the federal and state governments to start selling government-owned environmental water entitlements to farmers to alleviate the drought and to keep livestock alive.

But the proposals would see wetlands and river courses starved of water with potential environmental stress from the drought exacerbated by the diversion of water onto farmland.

The New South Wales minister Pru Goward is leading the charge in her state.

“Whilst we pride ourselves on our care for the environment, we must begin to investigate whether to immediately access environmental water flows for fodder crop production in the southern tablelands to keep breeding herds alive,” she said in parliament last week.

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