Premier ignores river communities and food producers

“River communities and food producers continue to be ignored in the Basin Plan debate in South Australia,” Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said today.

“River communities and food producers continue to be ignored in the Basin Plan debate in South Australia,” Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said today.

“Despite the best efforts of river communities and food producers to engage with the Weatherill Labor Government and environmentalists, their concerns – and the social and economic impact of the Basin Plan – are being ignored,” Mr Whetstone said.

Mr Whetstone said a meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall today being held by the ‘Voices of the Murray’ alliance would not feature a food producer or a representative of a river community as a speaker.

“The Premier, an environmentalist and a scientist are the guest speakers, but there’s no voice for river communities or food producers,” he said.

“The Premier has commissioned the Goyder Institute to put together a big report on the ecological impacts of the Basin Plan, but he hasn’t bothered to ask for a report on the economic and social impacts of the Plan.

“South Australia needs a balanced outcome from the Basin Plan. But to do so we need a balanced approach that includes input from all South Australians who are affected by it," Mr Whetstone said.

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