The wash up: Irrigator groups steaming over Minister’s water powers

Alex Druce
Updated June 21 2018 - 3:30pm, first published 3:00pm
Section 324 of the Act has allowed the Water minister to suspend water sharing plans on specific grounds such as a town water shortage or threat to public health and safety. But farm groups are angry the amendments that passed state parliament this week will allow embargo powers to be used for environmental releases too.
Section 324 of the Act has allowed the Water minister to suspend water sharing plans on specific grounds such as a town water shortage or threat to public health and safety. But farm groups are angry the amendments that passed state parliament this week will allow embargo powers to be used for environmental releases too.

NIALL Blair’s irrigator reforms were meant to wash away concerns around theft and mismanagement - but they’ve left fuming irrigator groups and farmers in their wake.

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Alex Druce

Alex Druce

Senior Journalist

Politics and rural issues journo in Sydney. Give me a yell at adruce@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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