404 500 arrow-leftarrow-rightattachbutton-agriculturebutton-businessbutton-interestcalendarcaretclockcommentscrossdew-point external-linkfacebook-footerfacebookfollow hearthumidity linkedin-footerlinkedinmenupagination-leftpagination-right pin-outlinepinrainfall replysearchsharesoil ticktwitter-footertwitterupload weather-clearweather-cloudyweather-drizzleweather-fogweather-hailweather-overcastweather-partly-cloudyweather-rainweather-snowweather-thunderstormweather-windywind

Bourke Shire Councillor Ian Cole on why he supports #MoreThanFlow

A coalition of a dozen industry and community groups - including Cotton Australia - has rejected proposed changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The proposal to reduce the water recovery target from 390 GL to 320 GL in the north would still take too much water from production and hurt communities as a result.

Cotton Australia spoke to Ian Cole, Chair of Darling River Food and Fibre and Councillor at Bourke Shire Council, who is born and bred in Bourke, NSW, and has seen first-hand the impacts of water buybacks right along the Barwon-Darling.

Ian is calling on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to "get the balance right" between social, economic and environmental considerations as it finalises its Northern Basin Review.

On complementary measures, Mr Cole says that “if we want to get extra [environmental] improvements, there are all sorts of things we can do”, instead of purchasing more water with a ‘no regrets’ policy.

“One of the biggest problems with the Murray-Darling Basin system is the spread of invasive species, particularly European Carp. Take them out of the system and give the native [Australian] fish a fair go, like yellow belly, silver perch, eel-tailed catfish. To bring them back and produce a healthier river – we need to get rid of the European Carp.”

“For fish breeding and spawning, we need to be able to get fish upstream. They like to travel upstream. Putting fish ladders on weirs is another way we can help the fish population.”

Ian also called on Barnaby Joyce to visit Northern Basin communities to see what exactly is going on, and says that the Government should “forget about taking more water” as “outback areas have suffered enough”.

In the coming months, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority will make a critical decision about the future of the Northern Basin.

Between November 30 and December 9, the MDBA will hold 11 community meetings across northern NSW and southern Queensland.  We encourage irrigators, business owners and members of the broader community to attend these meetings so that the MDBA can hear your views and concerns.

Click here to learn more about the #MoreThanFlow campaign

Click here to find your nearest community meeting

  • Tags

0 Responses

Grants for farmers to improve soil, vegetation and biodiversity

News

Grants for farmers to improve soil, vegetation and biodiversity

19 October 2017 - National Farmers' Federation

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Next steps in tackling energy challenge

News

Next steps in tackling energy challenge

18 October 2017 - AustralianFarmers

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Blog

Older and bolder: reinventing yourself at any age

Regional Voices talks to Dave Walker about the various changes to his career and his first attempt a...

17 October 2017 - Regional Voices

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Introducing an instant pick-me-up: Bloombox Co

News

Introducing an instant pick-me-up: Bloombox Co

17 October 2017 - AustralianFarmers

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Forum

Interview with David Westbrook

05 October 2017 - Unknown

  • 0
  • 0