Ricegrowers ask where has the water gone?

RGA disappointed by weak water allocations

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The dismal water allocation announcements have left Growers scratching their heads and wondering 'Where has the water gone?'

The dismal water allocation announcements have left Growers scratching their heads and wondering 'Where has the water gone?'

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The dismal water allocation announcements have left Growers scratching their heads and wondering 'Where has the water gone?'

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Rob Massina, president, Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) is disappointed with the current water allocations along the NSW Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers where one per cent and two pc respectively have been announced this week.

The dismal water allocation announcements have left Growers scratching their heads and wondering 'Where has the water gone?'

"This is despite Hume and Dartmouth Dams having collectively increased in volume by 190 gigalitres between 15 and 31 July," Mr Massina said.

"Yet the NSW Murray total resource improvement for this period was just 30 gigalitres and this is just 16pc of the total inflows into the two major storages."

Similarly, Mr Massina said Burrinjuck and Blowering Dams have collectively increased by 100 gigalitres between 15 and 31 July, yet today's statement says that the Murrumbidgee resource improvement was just 35 gigalitres, or 35pc of the total inflows.

"This is another example of why growers are incredibly frustrated that the NSW Government continues to ignore our requests for significant improvements to both the allocation system and the information provided to the public," he said.

"The fact that downstream tributary inflows have been used to meet the vast majority of water orders and river requirements over the past two weeks is another reason why growers should have received a much greater announcement."

The RGA is also incredibly frustrated that a clear decision has not yet been made to delay the payback trigger for the Barmah Millewa EWA Borrow from 30pc to 50pc.

Mr Massina said if the next three months turn wet as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology, and allocations improve significantly, growers need a clear understanding of whether the payback trigger for the Barmah Millewa EWA Borrow of 296 gigalitres will commence at 30pc or 50pc allocation.

"The RGA is incredibly frustrated that a clear decision has not yet been made," he said.

"The RGA has lobbied government for a number of months now to change the trigger as we believe that the threshold for 'Exceptional Circumstances' has been met.

"Growers must be provided with clear information so they can make decisions about what to water, what crops to grow and whether to participate in the water market."

Mr Massina said that information should be transparent, it shouldn't be so confusing.

"Growers need answers from the NSW Government now so they can progress with their irrigation businesses, which underpin the communities in our region," he said.

"The RGA again calls on the NSW Government to work with us to improve the allocation system and the information provided to the public."

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