I just want to comment on Dugald Saunders remarks mentioned in your article, especially the last paragraph.
Does the member for Dubbo listen to the science and read the reports about the reduction in available water in the Macquarie valley in the future, or does he have his head in the sand?
There will be no more available water in the Macquarie river, no matter how many weirs built. Climate change is seeing to that. This year may be okay, but the trend is for less available water.
Unsustainable amounts of water are allocated now, which is why the western river system is in such a mess. There has to be a reduction of allocations to every water customer, and according to the 2013 report, that reduction has to be at least 30 per cent, permanently. WaterNSW needs to come to terms with the fact and enforce this.
Farmers, you need to reduce your reliance on river water extraction, as the future won't be the same as the past due to climate change. Reducing crop sizes or changing to a different crop instead of cotton is really the only sustainable way forward.
Environment water has to flow, otherwise the river system will die.
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