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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2151

Centenary of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 2012 marks the centenary of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) with the official ‘Turning on the Water’ taking place at the Yanco regulator on 13 July 1912;

(b) the MIA:

   (i) was created to control and divert the flow of local river and creek systems for the purpose of food production; and

   (ii) is, today, one of the most diverse and productive regions in Australia, contributing more than $5 billion annually to the Australian economy; and

(c) the Riverina towns of Coleambally, Leeton and Yanco, and the city of Griffith were purpose built and designed as part of the project, and are now some of the most thriving, multicultural regional communities in Australia;

(2) calls on Members of the House to:

(a) acknowledge the importance of:

   (i) irrigation in underpinning national and international food security; and

   (ii) our irrigation industry in Australia fulfilling its role as the food bowl of Asia;

(b) recognise that it is important to build our food-processing industry so that it can supply Asia’s growing consumer markets, and develop the research, technologies and logistics that strengthen irrigation, grow higher-yield crops and improve safety; and

(c) accept that irrigation communities such as those in the MIA are reliant on a Murray-Darling Basin Plan which fulfils a triple-bottom line of social, economic and environmental outcomes; and

(3) calls on the Prime Minister to implement her commitment to ‘strengthen irrigation’ as stated in her speech to the Global Foundation Summit in Melbourne on 3 May 2012.

Question agreed to.