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Namoi Water CEO largely responsible for improved water legislation outcome, says Independent Federal MP Tony Windsor

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Even though there was a great deal of angst among irrigators about the delays that had taken place, the outcome was a much better outcome, due to the detailed work that Namoi Water had done, Independent MP Tony Windsor said in the Federal Parliament on 12 September 2007.

Namoi Water’s contribution: Windsor said: “I would like to congratulate John Clements, the CEO of Namoi Water. I have been involved in this issue for many years and with issues that preceded this, involving property rights and the arrangements that were put in place with the National Competition Council back in 1995. I have absolutely no doubt that, had Namoi Water, their chairman and their chief executive officer, John Clements, not stuck to this issue like glue and spent time doing the detailed work, we would not be here today debating this piece of legislation.

Help from Gwydir Water: “Some of the other irrigation areas and representative bodies had given up, in a sense, and only came back in for the kill when they could see that the real issue was back on the agenda. I congratulate Mr Clements on his work. I also congratulate Michael Murray from Gwydir Water,” Windsor said. “I know he has been talking to the member for Prospect and others and to the minister’s office. He has obviously put in a lot of work in relation to the detail of the Treasury response and the way in which this matter has gone on and on over a period of time.”

Reference: Tony Windsor, Member for New England, Independent, House of Representative, Commonwealth of Australia, 12 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 22/9/2007

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