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South Australian Parliamentary Committee solves pulp mill water problem by recommending deletion of controversial clause

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Water and water use had created a significant controversy, South Australian MHA Mitch Williams said in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

Consultation takes time: “The local NRM board is currently working its way through the new water allocation plan on which it hopes to sign off by the first half of next year,” Williams said. “That has been an ongoing process. Obviously, they have to meet statutory consultation obligations and those consultations will take place over the ensuing months.

Near unanimous recommendation to delete clause: “The significant groups within the community, particularly irrigation groups representing irrigation industries, had problems with the [Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation] bill inasmuch as it proposed to change the functionality of the minister responsible for the NRM act. It was considered by some people that it gave an unfair advantage to the forestry sector. … the committee has noted the concerns of the community and, for various reasons, I think there was virtually unanimous agreement by the committee to recommend that the very controversial clause 9 be deleted from the bill. That recommendation certainly has, I believe, allowed the committee to return a unanimous verdict on this matter, and we have a unanimous report from the committee,” said Williams.

Reference: Mitch Williams, Member for MacKillop, House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 16/9/2007

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