There is simply not enough water in the Murray Darling system to satisfy all users, it has been grossly over allocated.
I have submitted compiled figures, available in the public domain, into a complete water and salt balance and forwarded these to our Governments requesting confirmation or correction.
There have refused to comment, why? These figures are crucial to managing our rivers; do they not want the public to know the true facts?
It is no good procrastinating, there is an over allocation of water. It does not matter whose fault it is, there is simply not enough water in the river, and decisions, however tough, just have to be taken.
Almost a decade ago I set up a highly qualified independent research organization to undertake long term strategic research into more effective ways of using our water. This has been a major research effort of some 80 man years of research; I have contributed over 5 million dollars of my own money to this research because I believe water is our second most crucial asset (after the people). New water saving technologies have been developed and reports, covering both technical and policy issues have been submitted to our Governments.
Research is not enough, we need Government policies to help our irrigators use our water better and ensure adequate environmental flows.
These reports are a constructive contribution to our water management; but they do not shy away from the hard facts and could possibly be wrongly misinterpreted as an attack on past Government actions. To date the Governments have buried their heads in the sand refusing to enter into any discussions on these water saving technologies and the required implementation policies.
water belongs to the people of
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