Letter to the Editor
Paul Starick (Advertiser Dec 6) correctly warns that South Australia is at extreme risk of domination from eastern States, regarding the Murray Darling Basin. He explains our lack of MP’s on the federal scene will provide minimal resistance to any attack.
The real problem which has generated so much feeling among irrigators has been caused by over-allocation, combined with minimal inflow due to drought conditions.
The irony is the over-allocation has not meant over-use. Much of the water entitlement is held by speculative investors. Until they sell the water (at a high price) to an irrigator, the speculator’s water will flow past those who are keen to use it - if only it was affordable.
Emotion is running high and much finger pointing has failed to focus on the real problem.
Plans to decommission the barrages and build a lock at Wellington lacks a vision for the whole Murray Darling Basin. River infrastructure from source-to-sea has provided a wonderful asset which must be retained.
Changes are needed but they must deliver unity - even if it requires recognition of less water being available.