When it comes to water, Nationals put communities and environment last
MEDIA RELEASE – 3 July 2015
The Greens NSW water spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has today said that the decision by the NSW Government to rename the NSW Office of Water as DPI Water showed the people of Broken Hill that when it comes to water the National Party put the needs of communities and the environment last.
“This is yet another slap in the face for the people of Broken Hill from the National Party. This name change is a message from the new Water Minister that the main focus of the government when it comes to water is the needs of primary industries and that communities and the environment are expected to take a back seat,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“Once again we see the National party rolling over for their mates at Cotton Australia and making it absolutely clear whose side they are on.
“This latest insult follows the news that Minister Niall Blair is considering putting Broken Hill onto bore water as a permanent solution so that farmers upstream can continue to take more than their fair share of water.
“The Greens believe that the Minister and the Government have a statutory responsibility to ensure an adequate water supply for communities and the environment. While irrigation is important, nothing is more important than clean reliable drinking water,” Mr Buckingham said.
Contact: Jack Gough – 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101