Irrigation and Water Distribution
As we are in a crisis of an extended drought, it is unwise to radically change directions at this stage other than to return water to the river systems as much as possible. However the development of plans to be implemented in the good times so as to preserve water in the difficult days that will come during the next extended drought. There needs to be effective research on methods of irrigation and as such we recommend having discussions with the Israelis as to their methods so as to discover what we may be able to adopt here as well as other potential water saving ways of producing the best crop outcomes. As water is a strong and difficult problem we are of the view that the mining companies’ water use needs to carefully monitored and possibly re-directed to use re-cycled water as far as possible.
· Drought times are not the time to impose new rules but to manage water better.
· A full review of all water catchments to ascertain the water needs and problems facing the catchment areas including distributions.
· Plans to connect catchment areas so as a flood in one area may assist the drought conditions in another.
· Huge consumers of water to be audited so as to establish their need over the sustainable supply of water for the whole region.
· Mining and earth works in catchment areas must not adversely affect the water in the catchment areas.
· The potentially dangerous practice to water catchments of fracking for coal seam gas to be banned from all catchment areas including areas near artesian water basins.
· Water to be protected at all costs.