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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
32 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 22, 2010 News Plan will rip guts' out of basin HOT TOPIC: Murrumbidgee irrigators watch as copies of the Murray Darling Basin Plan burn. THE fight is on to defend irrigation communities against what Victoria's farm boss calls a ''legislated drought'' in the Mur- ray Darling Basin. Victorian Farmers Feder- ation president Andrew Broad this week launched the ''Fair Go'' fighting fund to raise awareness of the plight irri- gation communities face due to a Federal Government plan to buy a third of their water. Community anger at the im- pact of the buyout has grown in the 13 days since the Murray Darling Basin Authority re- leased its guide to a new basin plan, which calls for an extra 3000-4000 gigalitres of water for the environment. In Canberra this week, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the Government stood by its elec- tion pledge to implement the plan, which involves buying environmental water from irri- gators. ''No change is not an option,'' Ms Gillard said. But Mr Broad said a buyout would ''rip the guts out of the basin''. ''It's a kick in the teeth from the Federal Government,'' he said. ''We exist to fight and we'll not let this happen. ''This plan will perpetuate the drought at a time when irri- gators are recovering and try- ing to rebuild their equity.'' The fight is sure to fire up in Mildura next Wednesday, when Mr Broad and other rural leaders address a rally of Sun- raysia irrigators attending an MDBA briefing on the guide. Irrigators across the basin are calling on the Federal Govern- ment to invest in water savings, rather than buying a third of the water, which supports the basin's 2.2 million residents and 40 per cent of the nation's food production. Liberal Senator Simon Bir- mingham said the Federal Government had spent just $300 million of the $5.8 billion prom- ised for irrigation infrastruc- ture since 2007. Senator Birmingham said the failure to invest in irrigation communities sat in stark con- trast to the Federal Govern- ment's rush to spend $43 billion on the National Broadband Net- work. ''There's a definite benefit from investing in food pro- duction but the same can't be said of the NBN because there's no cost-benefit analysis,'' he said. Victorian Water Minister Tim Holding said it was criti- cally important to return water to the stressed rivers of the Murray Darling Basin. ''But as each day passes, the wisdom of the Brumby Govern- ment's plan to invest in irri- gation upgrades to save water and share the water savings with farmers and rivers be- comes more apparent,'' Mr Holding said. The Victorian Government has invested $900 million in stage one of its Northern Vic- torian Irrigation Renewal Proj- ect, but is yet to receive any of the Federal Government's $1 billion commitment to stage two. Meanwhile, irrigators have grown increasingly concerned at how the guide has been formulated and the MDBA's gross underestimation of cut- backs, via buyouts. The MDBA has recom- mended cutting all diversions of water by plantations, stock and domestic dams, towns and irri- gators. But basin state governments have already warned they can- not cut towns' supplies or ''in- terceptions'' by plantations and farm dams. Irrigators also face the pros- pect of being unable to cut the fixed delivery or conveyance losses on their gravity irri- gation systems, which the National Farmers Federation says will lead to far greater cuts than the MDBA first estimated. The MDBA guide states watercourse diversions need to be cut by 28-37 per cent on the Murray and 32-43 on the Mur- rumbidgee systems. But the NFF estimates gen- eral security irrigators face cuts of 75 per cent on the Murrum- bidgee River and 60 per cent on the NSW side of the Murray River. 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