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National Farmers Federation funded legal action begins; Tasmanian farm­ers to overturn State Gov­ernment’s water management plan

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has added its voice to a dispute over access to irrigation water in the Central Highlands, according to The Mercury (14/9/2007, p. 9).

Management plan denying access to traditional water supplies creating an artificial drought: The TFGA called on the National Farmers Federation to fund the legal action begun this week by Tasmanian farm­ers to overturn the State Gov­ernment’s water management plan. Farmers in Tasmania’s Cen­tral Highlands claim the man­agement plan is denying them access to their traditional water supplies and has created an artificial drought in the region. They launched legal action in the Supreme Court on Wed­nesday 12 September to have the plan over­turned. TFGA president Roger Swain said the farming com­munity had managed its water effectively for 150 years and the Government’s plan had not been effective.

The Mercury, 14/9/2007, p. 9

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