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River communities angry about water theft

 

September 2017

Broken Hill's Mayor has joined other angry community leaders in calling for an inquiry into the operation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The call from Darriea Turley comes after alarming revelations on the ABC's Four Corners program about billions of litres of water earmarked for the environment, which have instead been used to irrigate cotton farms in northern New South Wales.

Communities living along the Murray Darling river system are feeling betrayed and are calling on Federal Government politicians to take action to protect their constitu-ents from the greed of a selected few. While some water thieves upstream are profiting, farmers and growers downstreeam are suffering and losing their livelyhoods.

In the meantime, speaking to the media during his visit to the Riverland last week, South Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter said that the State Weatherill Government will continue to put pressure on the Federal Government to begin an independent inquiry into claims of water theft in NSW.

 

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