This week I met with the Minister for Water’s office to again put the position of industry to the government. No cuts are acceptable to industry as they will critically harm many businesses and to make these cuts without compensation is unfair and unacceptable.
I have also been in contact with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to see if I could get confirmation of when their formal consultation around the water reductions will occur. They would not confirm but I hope it’s shortly. I have also asked that the consultations involve grower meetings as well as the usual written submissions.
I have also met with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) who are developing a business case to assess new potential water supply options both to an expanded irrigation area as well as to existing growers in the North Wanneroo area. This work is due for completion by the 1st of April and will then be submitted to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund for assessment.
Lead by Rohan Prince, who many growers will remember from his earlier work in the area, the Government’s Water Use Efficiency Program will support growers and industry to assess and promote technology options that improve efficient water use. The service provider is a certified irrigation designer from Irrigation Australia (WA). The first six trials are happening next week- contact Rohan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
I will continue to keep growers updated.
John Shannon – CEO