Councillors expressed their concern with water capping by the state and federal governments at this month’s meeting.
Mayor Bill McAnally presented a report about the meeting he had with the CEO of theMurray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), Phillip Glyde.
At the meeting, Cr McAnally said he discussed “the cap factor” which needs to be more clearly explained. The mayor said he’d like to know why the MDBA (federal government)use 42 per cent and the state government uses 53 per cent.
Cr Craig Davies who sits on both council and the Economic Development Group said“the cap factor” is the most disturbing part.
“The most disturbing factor is the cap factor. The fact that the federal government are using 42 per cent cap and the state government uses 53 per cent. The abnormality in that is potentially 160,000 mega litres, and it effectively drags 60,000 megs out of irrigation entitlements,” he said.
“It you extrapolate that out, the cost directly in value of cotton is52 and a half million dollars. Both the state government and the federal government realise they’ve made a mistake and yet they won’t do anything about it.”
Cr George Mack said this issue and the other issues brought up in the meeting with Mr Glyde is something he’d like council to keep a close eye on.
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