Deniliquin farmer Louise Burge believes her concerns are not being heard when it comes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.By Zoe McMaugh
Despite multiple meetings with Murray-Darling Basin Authority staff over two days this week, Deniliquin farmer Louise Burge says there are still no solutions to local concerns over water delivery constraints.
The MDBA is touring the region holding meetings to gain feedback on its Murray-Darling Basin Plan constraints strategy.
It aims to look at how the water recovered for the environment as part of the MDBP can be delivered without third party impacts such as unnecessary flooding.
Mrs Burge, who has spent three years demanding a solution to delivery constraints, said because of an over-eagerness to deliver the environmental water, her concerns were still not being heard.
‘‘There are still no solutions on the table,’’ she said after attending meetings in Barham and Deniliquin in the past two days.
‘‘They have got the water and now they have to deliver it.
‘‘The key concern raised at the Barham meeting was that there are delivery problems with the 2750 gigalitres detailed in the basin plan.
‘‘A lot have the incorrect view that our concern is with the additional 450GL, but within the 2750GL are some real issues.’’
Mrs Burge commended MDBA chair Craig Knowles and CEO Rhondda Dickson for agreeing to tour the region before the meetings.
‘‘It was a good opportunity for the MDBA to see and understand — it is much easier to see what the impacts may be on the ground.
‘‘We started at the top end of Tocumwal where we met with tourism stakeholders and looked at the business impacts of the river heights.
‘‘We indicated to them what a flow range of between 15,000ML and 18,000ML would do (cause flooding).
‘‘We also highlighted it would have a big impact on private land and create property access issues.
‘‘We highlighted that there is a privatively funded levee in the Barmah-Millewa forest and that levees in other forests are public funded.
‘‘The tour also included areas west of Deniliquin, and Wakool and Barham.
‘‘We wanted to show that there are a whole range of impacts that will be mirrored along the system’’
Mrs Burge said the constraints strategy discussed at the meetings still failed to recognise the real value of funding.
‘‘The only funding on the table is $200
‘‘Therefore, it is not yet clear what funding will be available to address constraints.’’
An invite-only constraints strategy meeting was attended by about 25 stakeholders at the Deniliquin RSL Club. It was followed by an ‘open house’ meeting, which was continuing as the Pastoral Times went to print yesterday afternoon.
Staff from the MDBA, Department of Environment, and the Commonwealth Water Entitlement Holder attended the meetings.
■ More in Tuesday’s Pastoral Times.
A fire at Tamleugh North yesterday destroyed 120ha of crops and grass.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Sarah Beck is taking her family to New York after she won a trip for being the second highest fundraiser for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in October's Melbourne Marathon.
Rochester’s old Courthouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Students from St Mary's College were presented with awards for academic and sporting achievement and leadership.
Shae Willis has graduated from Finley’s Riverina Institute of TAFE Campus with top honours.
Australian sporting legends are at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Cobram Barooga Apex Club have raised more than $3600 for Irvin House at Cobram District Health.
An 89-run victory has extended the Cannons leads on the DDCA ladder, while second-placed side Hay pumped Juniors.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
After three wins from seven starts Benalla harness racing trainer sells The Hen House House.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.