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Murray Shire support campaign

Murray Shire Council has pledged support for a campaign which shows the impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

RUTH CLAYTON August 14, 2012 4:22am

Murray Shire Council has pledged $2500 towards a campaign which aims to inform authorities on the impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on agriculture and livelihoods.

The Muddied Waters, A Clear Solution documentary and interactive website aims to present a range of facts about the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to the Federal and State governments and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

In July, the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils (RAMROC) allocated $25,000 towards the campaign from its ‘Water 4 Food’ campaign.

A RAMROC meeting was held on August 1 and the group appealed to councils to further pledge funds for the project, which needs $370,000 to proceed.

Murray Shire mayor Graeme Shiells said although Berrigan Council would not contribute, most councils were in favour of the campaign.

Conargo and Wakool Shires have each committed $5000.

General manager Greg Murdoch said the newest draft basin plan, which was released on Monday, did not appear to be any better than the last draft.

‘‘Apparently, there doesn’t appear to be any joy in our region, as part of the latest plan,’’ Mr Murdoch said.

‘‘I heard Mr Burke (Water Minister Tony Burke) on the radio ... and he’s saying, if (there was) going to be any reduction in the 2750Gl (of water) he’s got to be sure there’ll be no adverse environmental impacts, (and) if there’s going to be any increase in 2750Gl he got to be sure there’ll be no additional adverse economic and social impacts.’’

Cr Brian Sharp said Mr Burke was sitting on the fence.

Cr Pocklington said the plan was counter-productive to farming land.

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