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Advertisement of 20 December 2017 blocking new water licences in the Donnelly River catchments: New water licences blocked for self-supply water users in the Donnelly River catchment to provide water for a 15 gigalitre dam for the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme. This immediately shuts down growth for self-supply water user food producers, but no water will be provided from the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme until after June 2021; if the Scheme proceeds.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation said on the ABC that if the sought 10 gigalitres of water from the 15 gigalitres dam was allocated to the Irrigation Scheme there would be no more water available to self-supply water users in the eight sub-catchments of the Donnelly River.

Please take action now to protect your rights as a self-supply water user. Please download a copy of the letter to the Minister for Water, add your name, address, date, and include name in the signature area, and email to Minister.Kelly@dpc.wa.gov.au . If you prefer to facs the number is 65526101.   

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Second advertisement of 20 December 2017 blocking new water licences in vital sub-catchments of the Warren and Donnelly River catchments: New water licences blocked for self-supply water users in vital sub-catchments for agriculture, including East Brook and Smith Brook. The effect of which is to coerce food producers into the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme. This immediately shuts down growth for self-supply water user food producers, but no water will be provided from the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme until after June 2021;  if the Scheme proceeds.

Please take action now to protect your rights as a self-supply water user. Please download a copy of the letter to the Minister for Water, add your name, address, date, and include name in the signature area, and email to Minister.Kelly@dpc.wa.gov.au . If you prefer to facs the number is 65526101.

Policy Position Statement on Water Allocations by Manjimup and Pemberton Landowners: Please download and read:

Note the current Department of Water 'Warren-Donnelly surface water allocation plan (2012)' states at page 31 'Consideration of future large scale irrigation schemes is beyond the scope of this allocation plan.'. Thus the State Government's current water allocation plan makes no provision for water for the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme.

Closing access to water in vital catchments.
Self Supply Water $25 million Government funding blows out to $59 million

The WA Department of Regional Development published an 'Infrastructure Audit' in March 2016 with a forward by the Hon Terry Redman as Minister for Regional Development. The Audit proposed 'Build 2-gigalitre dams in Southern Forests' per excerpt on the left. The project to store an additional 12 gigalitres of water across six 2-gigalitre dams required the State and Commonwealth Governments to contribute a combined $25 million to the cost.

This project has now become the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme requiring $19 million from the State Government and $40 million from the Commonwealth Government. In just two years the required public funding has blown out by $34 million. With this volatile track record, it is very unlikely this heavily subsidised Irrigation Scheme won't seek more than $59 million in external funding. Any additional costs must be paid by members of the SF Irrigation Co-operative Limited, not the public.

In contrast self-supply water food producers can generate the same benefits for the local, State and National economies without requiring any public subsidy. The rights to water to build self-supply farm dams must be restored to the 14 sub-catchments of the Donnelly and Warren Rivers closed by the McGowan Government in a grab for $40 million of Commonwealth funding.
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