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Ecosystems and Primary Producers Left High and Dry

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tags: Water, Irrigation, Primary Industries, Environment

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson 

In Parliament today, the Minister for Primary Industries confirmed he has no plan to manage our delicate river ecosystems during our state's dry times ahead.

Whilst we maintain a balanced approach to water resource management, which must consider highly the needs of our valuable agriculture industries, it must not be at the expense of our environment.

The Little Forrester River is one such catchment that is used by primary producers. It's also home to several varieties of fish spawning in the lower reaches, as well as endangered flora and fauna.

The long, dry summer ahead is a looking glass into the future as our planet warms.

Departmental advice on global warming suggests new weather patterns, with drier springs the norm. A contemporary government should take this into consideration.