Concerns over sands mine water use

Neil Barraclough, Meerlieu


THE front page has the headline “Hands off river water”, with state opposition leader Michael O’Brien, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien and local farmers expressing concerns about the use of Latrobe River water to fill the Hazelwood mine.

Our pollies are very concerned about local irrigation water for farmers – “That water should be going into expanding irrigation in the region, creating more jobs for Gippsland.”

Politicking at its best.

It then becomes interesting, as our local Nationals are missing in action when it comes to protecting local jobs and the farming sector in regards to the proposed allocation of three gigalitres of water to the Fingerboards mineral sands mine.

The water simply won’t be available without a massive loss to agriculture and the Gippsland Lakes.

The Nationals seem to have a flexible attitude to allocations of water.

I think it would be fair to give Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull, Mr O’Brien and Eastern Victoria MLC Melina Bath an opportunity to provide us with reasons for the Nationals’ failure to take a stand on the proposed allocation of water to the Fingerboards sand mine.