December 6 2018
Earlier this week it was announced that the Rice Mill is in trouble, this means jobs are going to be lost in town and in Leeton in 2019.
The most recent harvest is the second lowest since 2003, some farms in the local area only got to grow a sixth of the usual amount of rice they grow and harvest.
Jobs are a valuable commodity in Deniliquin, many local jobs are dependent on the weather, good rains equals plenty of jobs because there is cattle, sheep and of course food to take care of.
The Murray Darling Basin Plan has been blamed for this crisis, the Murray River is in wonderful shape with plenty of water in it yet the water does not flow on to the farmers with many believing it just goes to corporate irrigators.
Below are six things to think about
No water = No Food
No Food = No Jobs
No Jobs = No income
No Income = Lower Quality of Life
Lower Quality of Life = Depression or health issues
Depression = Possible Death,
There must be a way to strike a balance between environmental needs and farming needs,
Politically this crisis is not good for the LNP or the Nationals, Helen Dalton gave Austin Evans a good run for his money in the last Murray election and she could easily take the seat due to the LNP suffering in State and Federal Politics.
The ALP may even be rubbing their hands in glee that they might be able to work their way into country areas that have been Liberal or National for decades.
Don’t forget that just a couple of weeks ago, dozens of locals stood in high temperatures to send David Littleproud a message as he went through town and if they can stand in the heat they wouldn’t hesitate to send a message via ballot box.
For more thoughts on the water situation, visit Speak Up 4 Water.