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Fixed water charges for irrigators should be waived in EC drought areas, says NSW Farmers Association

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Fixed water charges for irrigators should be waived in areas granted exceptional circumstances (EC) drought status, the NSW Farmers Association believed, reported The Land (26/7/2007, p.15).

Minister dismissed: The association’s annual conference at Sydney Showground also decided to press the NSW Government to legislate carryover irrigation water higher status than high security water but still below that of stock and domestic water. Mover of the motion to waive fixed charges, Andrew Burge, Deniliquin, dismissed NSW Water Minister, Phil Koperberg’s, claim the charges were necessary to pay for water infrastructure, saying it was already paid for. Burge said farmers in the Murray Valley would have to pay an average of $13,000 and some would pay as much as $50,000.

“Immoral” charges: “For the government to expect irrigators to have to pay these charges for the government just to run the bureaucracy is immoral,” he said.

The Land, 26/7/2007, p. 15

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