"The aim of the weir is to catch water deliveries released from Burrendong Dam that are subsequently cancelled by the customer generally because rainfall has meant the customer no longer requires the water. Currently, when this occurs the water flows through to the end of the system." so says, David Harris, CEO of Water NSW.
Mr Harris, it is precisely because we do want the water to flow through to the end of the system that we object to the Gin Gin weir.
Weirs, dams, private holding dams, levee banks, floodplain harvesting mechanisms all stop water from flowing into those great rivers, Barwon, Darling and Murray which form our Murray Darling Basin system.
We have witnessed the death of NSW wetlands, lakes and rivers over the last 2 decades and we want reparation, not further degradation.
Water NSW has been responsible for taking an unfair share of water from other states, allowing dishonest extraction of water to go unreported or punished and allowing floodplain harvesting to go to select property owners unlicensed and unmonitored.
When questioned early this year, NSW Environment Minister, Melinda Pavey, stated that she had not been responsible for the decision to lift the floodplain harvesting embargo in the northern basin.
The NSW government currently is not allowing itself to be regulated by the MDB Authority.
Like some unleashed wild animal, it is making up its own rules.
Mr Harris - we do not trust NSW Water. Why would we? We have lost our beautiful rivers.
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