Transport Minister Conlon revealed in an estimates hearing today that the Weatherill Labor Government did not undertake enough consultation with affected communities before deciding to close the Cadell Ferry service.
Premier Weatherill has backtracked on his position to return a minimum of 4000 gigalitres to the Murray River, with its submission to the Murray Darling Basin Authority asking for modelling of lower flow scenarios.
Premier Weatherill made an insulting and inadequate excuse in Question Time yesterday for not joining more than 1200 South Australians who attended last week’s vital Murray Darling Basin Authority consultation meeting in Renmark.
Premier Weatherill’s failure to condemn the Federal Government’s decision to break the moratorium on water buybacks in the southern Murray-Darling Basin is a major blow to South Australian river communities and irrigators.
Gifting more water from the Murray-Darling Basin to New South Wales irrigators is a slap in the face to South Australia and demonstrates the need for fair and equitable water reform, Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said today.