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Notice given 15 June 2007

815  Senators Siewert and Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the impact of reduced rainfall on inflows into river systems in northern New South Wales due to the combined effects of climate change and drought,

(ii) that serious water management issues already exist in these systems, including problems with over-allocation of water resources, and

(iii) the economic value of the range of industries that depend on these systems, from dairy farms on the floodplains through to commercial fisheries; and

 

 (b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) abandon plans for damming the Clarence, Tweed, Richmond and Mann Rivers, and

(ii) work with local communities, local water authorities and state governments in developing non-runoff dependent alternative sources to meet increasing demand, such as rainwater tanks, stormwater capture and storage, and recycling.