IRRIGATORS' COUNCIL SUPPORTS WATER REGISTER
In March 13's Letters to the Editor, Mr Hateley of Finley wrote about a register of water.
Under the National Water Initiative of 2004, Section 31 (vii) states that water access entitlements must be recorded in a publicly-accessible reliable water register.
As such, all governments who are a party to this COAG agreement have developed such registers, with the NSW Water Register managed by the NSW Land Registry Services and any interested parties can view the register at waterregister.waternsw.com.au.
It's existence has always been supported by NSW Irrigators' Council.
Mr Hateley may have misinterpreted my comments about a potential 'Aussie Farms' situation being repeated, which follows on from the bullying and harassment that irrigation farmers collectively and some individually have been subject to across our state.
I trust that no farmer would condone bullying and harassment under any circumstances and would wish to limit the potential for such antisocial behaviour.
With regard to our advocacy for the south, anyone can look at our website and see the many submissions advocating for issues, or they can ask any of our eleven member organisations in the southern valleys of NSW about the work we are doing.
In addition our NSWIC members engage in informed and constructive debate in order to progress common issues of water management and policy across 15 policy areas.
We welcome new or previous members to join and participate in the forum under these principles.
Luke Simpkins, National Irrigators' Council CEO
SUPPORT THERE FOR ISOLATED PATIENTS
Cancer Council NSW wants to remind people affected by cancer that there are support services available for those who are needing to stay home due to coronavirus risk.
Cancer brings with it a huge emotional and mental burden for both patients and their loved ones. Being isolated from friends and family can make these feelings worse, but there is still remote support available for those in need.
Anyone affected by cancer and in need of support should reach out to our 13 11 20 information and support line (available 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday) and speak with one of our trained health professionals.
These are hard times for cancer patients and carers but we want you to know that Cancer Council NSW is here to support you.
Annie Miller, Director Cancer Information and Support Services, Cancer Council NSW
STRATEGIC BUSINESSES SHOULD BE NATIONALISED
As we face a turbulent six to 12 months of lockdowns and forced isolation while waiting for a vaccine for the coronavirus to be developed.
There is no doubt the Australian economy is going to nose dive into financial oblivion.The government debt will balloon exponentially. However, through drastic action our country has the resources to pull through.
At times of national emergency, we should be looking to nationalise key income-generating infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.
While in normal economic times this principal goes against my fundamental belief, these are not normal times.
We need to see the profits from the minerals the people of Australia own be redirected into government coffers to keep our country in a strong position when this crisis is over.It is a long road ahead, and we need to look to the past to determine our future.
World War II offers many examples of how we can survive this crisis of modern times.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
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