What is happening that is hurting Wee Waa?

Wee Waa is hurting right now, our town is 90% dependent on Agriculture all of which relies on Water . The Murray Darling Basin plan proposed to remove 23 000 megalitres of Water which will come from farms in and around Wee Waa.   This will mean an estimated 70 Full time job and $38 million dollars will be removed annually from the regional economy. This decision whether to take water from Wee Waa is being made by the Murray Darling Basin Authority as part of the Northern Review of the Basin Plan.   

 

Why is this happening?

The MDBA admitted they did not have enough northern data in 2010 (much of the data was from studies in the southern basin, which does not fit our northern rain fed system), this has led to a review of the environmental requirements in the Barwon Darling and Condamine Balonne which are two key parts of the Northern Basin. This is separate to the requirements in the Southern basin which deliver water to South Australia, this water is specifically for the environment instream in the North.  The MDBA will make a decision in September based on the updated information on environmental, social and economic factors - they decide the fate of Wee Waa.

 

What should happen – and will save Wee Waa?

It is acknowledged by the MDBA and ALL Stakeholders in the Northern Basin that the environmental needs can be better met by : installing fishways in the weirs, removing carp, re-snagging the river, planting more trees along the river/fencing off stock access and fixing cold water pollution.  These actions achieve SIGNIFICANTLY greater environmental outcomes than just adding water. 

 

Currently the environment receives over 80% of the total flow out of the Namoi system flowing through Wee Waa, the rest is used by Towns and farmers for stock and domestic supply and less than 19% is used by agriculture which supports towns like Wee Waa to survive.  The water we use for agriculture keeps people in school, keeps people in jobs and keeps businesses running.  Removing this water will put our town into permanent drought and will harm our community.

 

Help us get the State and Federal government to use common sense in redirecting funds that remove productive water from our communities into infrastructure and on ground solutions that deliver the outcomes needed.

 

In 10 years time we don’t want government to come back and say more water is needed – you could add all the water in the basin and it wouldn’t be enough. 

 

Long term environmental improvement comes from a holistic approach not just adding water.

 

Please help us by making this an issue that is prioritised to get government to make the right decision for the right reason.

 

#morethanflow #savingweewaa

Wee Waa Meeting with the MDBA

Wee Waa Meeting with the MDBA

Attached is a copy of the presentation given at the Wee Waa meeting on the Northern Basin Review. The MDBA have summarised the key concerns and suggestions (plus responses) that were raised at the meeting
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Science ‘myth’ in basin plan

Science ‘myth’ in basin plan

by SHEPPARTON NEWS DECEMBER 07, 2016

A leading Australian river scientist has described comments from the Australian Conservation Foundation as ‘‘misleading and manipulative’’.

An environmental flows specialist and visiting researcher based at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands, John Conallin wants a more mature debate about achieving the right balance between water for environmental and productive use in Australia.

He was particularly concerned with a statement from the ACF’s health ecosystems manager Jonathan La Nauze, who said the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s legislated mandate was to set at scientifically determined sustainable levels the amount of water that is permitted to be taken out of rivers for irrigation.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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SA’s Basin Plan expectations out of touch

SA’s Basin Plan expectations out of touch

ANDREW NORRIS 26 Nov 2016, 5 a.m. The Land

SOUTH Australia needs to steady its horses on its demands for the extra 450 gigalitres it was promised in 2012 as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The 450GL, announced at the eleventh hour to get the southern-most Basin state to sign up to Labor’s deal, was purely a political play by then federal Water Minister Tony Burke. It was easy for him to smugly announce what amounted to a deal sweetener, knowing it was most likely some other government that would have to deal with the fall-out.

Friday, November 25, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Murray Darling Basin talk sinks to low level

Murray Darling Basin talk sinks to low level

EDITORIAL, The Weekly Times November 23, 2016 12:00am

IT’S not every day the Murray Darling Basin Plan makes headlines — its complicated web of legislation can be daunting for even those with the biggest interests at stake.

But its implementation must be discussed and developments this past week have made it clear that cool heads and good policy — not politics — must prevail.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at last week’s ministerial meeting when South Australian Water Minister Ian Hunter let loose with a foul-mouthed tirade directed at his interstate counterparts, including Barnaby Joyce and Victorian Lisa Neville, before walking out on a meeting that continued without him.

His behaviour has gone largely undisciplined by SA Premier Jay Weatherill, who says he’s counselled Mr Hunter “not to use those words again” but backs the sentiments behind the outburst — every South Australian should be angry, Mr Weatherill reckons, if the state doesn’t get the extra 450GL promised.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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