The Federal Government’s move, last week, to disallow the listing of the River Murray as “critically endangered” has been welcomed by the State Liberals’ Shadow Water Minister Michelle Lensink and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
Irrigators, industry groups and businesses along the river corridor expressed concern about the former Federal Labor Government decision to include the River Murray under an ecological listing.
“After speaking with irrigators, food producers, industry groups and businesses across South Australia, it is clear there are major concerns about the impact of this listing,” Ms Lensink said.
“Listing the River Murray below the Darling Junction as critically endangered adds unnecessary red and green tape. Food producers are working towards a future with less irrigated water and measures which create uncertainty around development are unnecessary and unhelpful.”
“South Australia, especially the Riverland, has a unique opportunity to invest in food production businesses through the $240 million River Murray Sustainability Program,” Mr Whetstone said.