Murray Darling Rivers and drought
I saw the TV news this morning and realize what Penny (from South Australia) was writing about in a comment. The Prime Minister has announced drastic measures about the Murray Darling basin to cut irrigation water to farmers along the Murray and Darling rivers of rain doesn't fall within six weeks. This is appalling as these areas are the food basket of Australia, producing so much fruit and vegetables. My hometown, Swan Hill, is in the middle of the situation and towns like Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill, Echuca and so on could lose their farms and infrastructure if irrigation water is cut. The rivers are drying up, there's no doubt about that but to cut irrigation would spell the end of food production there.
I looked up the ABC references for today on this site.
Drastic plan announced for Murray-Darling crisis
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 19/04/2007
Reporter: Paul Lockyer
The Prime Minister today announced a drastic proposal to cut off vital water to crops in the drought stricken Murray-Darling Basin unless rains fall in the next six to eight weeks. The plan would lead to immense economic and social fallout and marks the first time such drastic measures have been contemplated.
KERRY O'BRIEN: But first the latest water crisis, and the Prime Minister's revelation of the drastic proposal to cut off vital water to crops on tens of thousands of farms in the drought-stricken Murray-Darling basin unless heavy rains fall in the next six to eight weeks.
Australian of the Year Tim Flannery has called it a national disaster plan, with worse to come. He says the greenhouse nightmare has begun.
It's a plan that would lead to immense economic and social fallout. Never before have such extreme measures been contemplated.