Support for extended basin funding

NSW Farmers today commended the Federal Government’s decision to continue funding of the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative which repairs uncontrolled artesian bores and prevents water wastage.

NSW Farmers’ President Fiona Simson welcomed the $15.9 million allocated by the government for the next three-year phase of the program.

“In New South Wales, hundreds of bores remain uncapped and in poor condition and there is plenty of further water savings to be realised.

“We are pleased the Federal Government has listened to the people who have benefited from the initiative and await the NSW Government’s contribution.”

The NSW component of the initiative began in 1999 as a partnership between the NSW Government, Commonwealth Government and landholders in order to rehabilitate the New South Wales portion of the Great Artesian Basin.

The initiative has been an overwhelming success however federal funding ceased in June 2014.

Ms Simson said that since then, NSW Farmers had been advocating for continued funding and looked forward to working with the Federal Government and the NSW Office of Water to ensure its success.

The initiative has resulted in improvements to livestock management, reduced labour costs and maximisation of pasture production, and in turn, livestock health.

Ms Simson said: “These sorts of measures can also reduce drought impacts through water savings and have positive effects on feral animal control particularly feral pigs which are very destructive to our industry.”

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16 October 2014 

Contact: Danica Leys

Phone: 02 9478 1000

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