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Secure – Sustainable – Productive

The NSW Irrigators’ Council is the peak body representing irrigation farmers and the irrigation industry in NSW. Our members include food and fibre groups, irrigation infrastructure operators, valley water user associations and commodity groups from the rice, cotton, dairy and horticultural industries.
Through our members, the NSW Irrigators’ Council represents 12,000 water access licence holders in NSW who access regulated, unregulated and groundwater systems.

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The Basin Plan should be about outcomes not numbers.
It’s the constant talk about numbers that make it binary, your either for it or against it. This feeds division.
Talk outcomes and you’ll see we all want healthy working rivers.
We just might have different ways to get there.

2750GL Basin Plan water recovery target is largely driven by MDBA model saying it's needed to keep lower lakes fresh & above sea level. But in practice, 2100GL already recovered was enough to keep lakes fresh & above sea level in severe drought conditions in 2019-20. #factsmatter

@sarahinthesen8 In late 2009, severe drought across Basin left lower lakes half empty with high salinity. In late 2019, in a similar drought, 2100GL recovered from irrigators under Basin Plan kept lakes above sea level & met salinity KPIs. BP should be whether outcomes are achieved, not numbers.

@naturensw No one's asking for a blanket exemption for floodplain harvesting. We and our members support its reduction, licensing and metering so that all water take is within Cap and consistent with Basin Plan sustainable limits.

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