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    2018 - 10.21

    Laurie Pengelly from Tamworth writes about Peel Valley bulk water charges.
    Nanjing Night Net

    THE Peel Valley’s irrigation industry employs many people.

    Tamworth residents pay State Water a lot more for their water than the residents of Dubbo, Wagga and Albury.

    Following the Nats’ media release in early July 2014 titled “Driving down water prices in the Peel Valley”, and with no sign of prices decreasing, let alone being driven down, on October 1, 2014, I wrote the following letter to Nationals Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson:

    Dear Kevin,

    Confidence in the Peel’s irrigation industry and associated businesses is at an all-time low. Irrigators have no available water determination (AWD) from Chaffey Dam, coupled with by far and away the highest bulk water charges levied by State Water.

    No one who did their homework would invest in an irrigation business in the Peel Valley under these circumstances.

    Whilst the AWD depends on rainfall, which is in the hands of God in all valleys, the excessive prices that water users in the Peel, including Tamworth Regional Council, pay for the water is in the hands of the NSW Coalition government.

    The irrigation industry of the Peel Valley would be grateful if you could confirm your recent media release and associated correspondence by issuing a public statement without caveat to the people of the Peel Valley that, as a result of your initiative, State Water will charge no more than $37 million for water commencing in the 2016-17 water year.

    Mr Anderson’s response:

    Thank you for your correspondence. I have made representation on your behalf to the Minister for Land and Water the Hon Kevin Humphries.

    I will be in touch with you as soon as I receive a reply.

    Copies of this correspondence should be available in Mr Anderson’s electoral office.

    Humphries’ response after five months: none. Anderson’s follow-up: none. Have the Nationals earned your vote? I don’t think so.

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