KEELTY OFFERS HOPE FOR IRRIGATORS
Communities attended another meeting in regard to mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin, then water resources minister David Littleproud has asked Inspector-General Mick Keelty to undertake the inquiry.
Mr Keelty chaired the meeting at the Griffith Leagues Club on Wednesday February 5 at 10am for one and a half hours.
At other town meetings; Mildura, Renmark, Langhorne Creek, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Albury and at the Deniliquin meeting the people went away with hope, and the same can be said in regard with the Griffith meeting, all meetings that I have attended.
Mr Keelty is a man that I have great hope for, he knew some of the problems facing irrigators, and he was there to listen to people's concerns.
The water sharing plan is not working.
Why is it that South Australian irrigators have 100 per cent allocation, Victoria 54 per cent and NSW had six per cent that farmers used to water half of their wheat crop, the other half was left to die off, starved of water, and with no extra allocation for MIA farmers there is no summer crops or very little and no income or very little.
And then came the announcement on the 4th of December that the Commonwealth Government water for fodder program to turn the tap, the Commonwealth Government has agreed to pay the South Australian government $100 million to switch on its desalination plant.
The water can only be used to produce fodder, it's estimated that 100 gigalitres will produce 120,000 tonnes of fodder and the parcel of water was sold in two lots of 50 megalitres for $100 per megalitre.
There were 4000 irrigators who applied, only 400 were successful.
Someone made the comment, we drain good fresh water out of the mouth of the Murray River into the sea, only to see the SA desalination plant producing sea water into fresh water, where is the common sense in that?
It proves that the Commonwealth has no idea how the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is working.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
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THANKS FOR YOUR WELL WISHES
It is with much gratitude that I say thank you to all my friends and acquaintances for their thoughtfulness and generosity to make my 100th birthday such a celebration.
I have been told that I am the oldest Griffith born person, dating from 26th December 1919 at Farm 110 Hanwood.
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