The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Anthony Lynham, that the Queensland Government will conduct an independent review into rural water metering.
QFF President Stuart Armitage says that it was important for the Queensland Government to take these steps to ensure that an adequate framework was in place to manage the regulatory system for irrigation water in the Queensland Murray-Darling, and the state as a whole.
The independent review will also provide input to the ongoing Australian Government inquiry into the allegations of illegal water taking and maladministration in the NSW Barwon-Darling river system.
“QFF recognizes the importance of accurate and effective metering in all irrigation areas across the state. You must be able to accurately measure water take to effectively manage compliance.”
“As water metering continues to be applied in new regions, it is essential that high standards of transparency exist to ensure the system continues to have the confidence of those already within and those joining a water sharing arrangement.”