DEG made a submission 13/10/23 to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Inquiry into the Water Amendment (Restoring our Rivers) 2023.
Key points include:
- DEG supports purchase of reliable water in the Northern Basin. DEG supports end of system flow guarantees for the tributaries of the Baawan-Baaka. As much as possible of the 450 gigalitres should be purchased in the Northern Basin, where it will bring the greatest environmental, cultural and social benefits.
- Every purchase of bottled water in Walgett is a cost to the community imposed by the cotton industry of the Northern Basin. The loss of river foods and the consequent impacts on our community’s nutrition is a cost to the community imposed by the cotton industry of the Northern Basin. The loss of river pastimes and the consequent impacts on our community’s mental health and wellbeing is a cost to the community imposed by the cotton industry of the Northern Basin.The effects of over-extraction on our community must become a part of the public discussion, to balance the claims by the irrigation industry.
- DEG supports and applauds increases in the responsibilities of the power of the Inspector-General of Water Compliance.