Attached is a copy of the presentation given at the Wee Waa meeting on the Northern Basin Review. The MDBA have summarised the key concerns and suggestions (plus responses) that were raised at the meeting
by SHEPPARTON NEWS DECEMBER 07, 2016
A leading Australian river scientist has described comments from the Australian Conservation Foundation as ‘‘misleading and manipulative’’.
An environmental flows specialist and visiting researcher based at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands, John Conallin wants a more mature debate about achieving the right balance between water for environmental and productive use in Australia.
He was particularly concerned with a statement from the ACF’s health ecosystems manager Jonathan La Nauze, who said the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s legislated mandate was to set at scientifically determined sustainable levels the amount of water that is permitted to be taken out of rivers for irrigation.
ANDREW NORRIS 26 Nov 2016, 5 a.m. The Land
SOUTH Australia needs to steady its horses on its demands for the extra 450 gigalitres it was promised in 2012 as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The 450GL, announced at the eleventh hour to get the southern-most Basin state to sign up to Labor’s deal, was purely a political play by then federal Water Minister Tony Burke. It was easy for him to smugly announce what amounted to a deal sweetener, knowing it was most likely some other government that would have to deal with the fall-out.
24 Nov 2016, 11:58 a.m.Stock Journal
EDITORIAL, The Weekly Times November 23, 2016 12:00am
IT’S not every day the Murray Darling Basin Plan makes headlines — its complicated web of legislation can be daunting for even those with the biggest interests at stake.
But its implementation must be discussed and developments this past week have made it clear that cool heads and good policy — not politics — must prevail.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at last week’s ministerial meeting when South Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter let loose with a foul-mouthed tirade directed at his interstate counterparts, including Barnaby Joyce and Victorian Lisa Neville, before walking out on a meeting that continued without him.
His behaviour has gone largely undisciplined by SA Premier Jay Weatherill, who says he’s counselled Mr Hunter “not to use those words again” but backs the sentiments behind the outburst — every South Australian should be angry, Mr Weatherill reckons, if the state doesn’t get the extra 450GL promised.
By Lucy McNally Updated yesterday at 7:21pm
The MDBA is proposing to remove more productive water from the Namoi & this will impact Wee Waa. Despite finding the state has already been over-recovered.
The term "productive water" refers to water used to grow food and fibre. When water is returned to the environment — and becomes "unproductive" — job opportunities are reduced and in the next drought this is when these reductions will bite hard in Wee Waa.
The New South Wales Government has criticised the Murray Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) long-awaited Northern Basin Review, saying it is unfair on farmers in the north of the state.
The authority has recommended a reduction in water recovery targets from 390 gigalitres to 320 gigalitres, amid plummeting employment in some communities where water has been taken from farmers and returned to the environment.
The recommendations were part of the MDBA's review, which looked at the socioeconomic impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on communities in southern Queensland and northern NSW.
In NSW, employment in Collarenebri fell by 21 per cent, and 11 per cent in Warren under the plan, which was implemented in 2012.
November 18, 2016 1:27pm NATALIE KOTSIOS
EXCLUSIVE: ACTING Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and a table of ministers have been told to “f**k off” and a female minister has been called a “c**t” by South Australia’s Water Minister Ian Hunter, during a meltdown that ended with the veteran MP storming out.
The extraordinary tirade directed towards Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville and Mr Joyce occurred during a dinner meeting in Adelaide of the Murray Darling Basin ministerial council.
The minister’s angry tirade then continued outside, with Mr Hunter telling department staff to also “f**k off” before demanding his staff also leave the meeting.
Mr Hunter and his team were later spotted outside eating ice-creams.
Saving Wee Waa Petition
Many rural towns are being affected by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan - it is a water reform that removes productive water for no real environmental gain. This affects real people, real communities and real futures.
In our video Saving Wee Waa, the local community came together to showcase our town's community spirit and to highlight the harmful effects caused by the Basin Plan.
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Together we can make a difference
Wee Waa is an amazingly unique and authentic place and it needs to be protected from the harmful impacts of the Basin Plan.
Show you care – Look out for our petition and share and sign, launching soon.... Thank you to the Courier and Robbie Barclay for the image.
We are here because we want to be here
We live in Wee Waa because we want to be here - don't take that choice away from us by putting our town into permanent drought. The solution is #morethanflow science tells us this is right, common sense tells us this is right - the environment will benefit if we put the remaining funds into measures like fishways, carp control, resnagging the river, reducing cold water pollution etc.
Our Kids are our future
A huge thanks to everyone for their support of the Saving Wee Waa launch. Wee Waa is a great place to raise a family and their future depends water solutions that are #morethanflow Helen Smith photo credit Wee Waa News Robbie Barclay
Human sign to Save Wee Waa
TA DA ...... Great effort Wee Waa!!!!!
400 people helped make our human Save Wee Waa sign in the main street despite roads cut and wet weather.
Thanks to Wee Waa Chamber for organising such a great event.
Wee Waa & District Chamber of Commerce, WeeWaa.com — in Wee Waa, New South Wales.
Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Stop the Waste of Taxpayer money! Don’t let the basin plan kill our towns and flush taxpayer funds down the river for no outcome.
The downstream environment already receives on average 80% of the water that flows in the Namoi River, the basin plan proposes to take an additional 20 000 megalitres to send downstream to never reach the target environmental sites and for the majority of the time for this water to sit in dams being stored and paid for by the Australian taxpayer. When and if this water is released and if it was able to be delivered to the end of the Namoi River it would then most likely be extracted legally by downstream licence holders.
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Amazing turn out to #savingweewaa launch tonight 450 people in town despite flooded roads and wet weather - Wee Waa residents you do us proud! Keep watch for photos of our human save wee Waa sign or watch the video https://vimeo.com/182616802
It's the little things that can make a big difference.
Coming soon our launch of Saving Wee Waa film, thanks to Wee Waa community support our short version went viral.
Can't wait to see what you think of the longer version.