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Price calls for Committee submissions from Durack farmers

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 agriculture.reps@aph.gov.au for more information.

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