Murray irrigators from New South Wales took their fight for water justice to Canberra yesterday,with the release of a new report.
The consultants report found dairy production has reduced by 21 per cent and rice production was cut by 30 per cent due to the transfer of irrigation water out of entitlements to the environment.
‘‘The reduction in the size of the consumptive pool has pushed up the average price in the allocation water market,’’ the report by the RM Consulting Group found.
‘‘ This higher price makes irrigated production of annual summer crops less viable and increases the likelihood that water will be sold out of the area rather than used in production.’’
Representatives from the Southern Riverina Irrigators, Murray Valley Private Diverters, Murray Irrigation Limited and West Corurgan Private Irrigation, met with Liberal Democrat Senagtor David Leyonhjlem, and One Nation senators, Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts.
They launched the report at a media conference at Parliament House.
The report found any further transfer of entitlement to the environment will further exacerbate the negative outcomes.