Water use efficiency is a
key issue for Australia’s agriculture sector, and the government is keen to
hear from local voices with opinions on the subject.
The House Agriculture and
Water Resources Committee are investigating the adequacy and efficacy of water
use efficiency programs in Australian agriculture.
Member for Durack Melissa
Price said that often Western Australian voices in Water Resources debates can
be drowned out by the weight of submissions from the Eastern States, and wants
farmers and pastoralists in her electorate to take the opportunity to make
their voices heard.
“We want to hear all of the
innovative ways in which farmers in Durack are preserving their water
resources, sharing water infrastructure, and ensuring that they can really maximise
what they have” Ms Price said.
“We also want to know what
ideas our farmers and pastoralists have for Federal Government infrastructure
spending, for enhancing water resource management.
“Given we have just had the
driest Autumn in the Mid West and Wheatbelt in eight years, this inquiry
couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Committee Chair Rick Wilson
MP says the Committee is seeking feedback from farmers, irrigators and
community leaders around Australia.
“Australian farmers are
amongst the world’s most efficient irrigators, particularly due to the often
harsh Australian climate,” Mr Wilson said.
“Given the challenges of a
dry climate, management of water usage is more important than ever.”
The inquiry is looking at
how the Government can invest in water infrastructure in order to assist
farmers and communities to extract the maximum value out of each drop of water.
Making a submission to the
inquiry is easy – simply visit aph.gov.au/wue and click ‘Upload Submission’, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.