The Murray Darling Basin is still over-allocated. The environment has its own allocation. Irrigators have their own allocation. Irrigators must assess their own risks which includes factoring in climate change. They cannot keep eyeing off the environment’s water at every drought.
Perhaps it is time for drought funding of more than a billion dollars be used to buy out those who can’t cope or plan rather than keeping them on the land and help those who have the ability to plan well ahead to plan well.
The consistent orchestrated attack on environmental water led by certain politicians and others who in all likelihood don’t accept the science of man-made climate change, is totally unacceptable as well as shortsighted and biased. Farmers must live within their water allocations and not grab the silent environment’s allocation.
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