At its November Ordinary Meeting, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) resolved to participate in a Temporary Transfer Scheme for 2020/2021 within the Upper Namoi Ground Water Management Zone 1 system.
“Council originally resolved in principle, at its November 2019 meeting, to participate in a Transfer Scheme for 2019/2020. Owing to delays with being issued the required approvals from various authorities to allow trading and following good rainfall during the beginning of 2020, the temporary trading scheme has not operated to this point in time,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“For the 2020/21 period Council is making available a temporary transfer of up to 250 Megalitres (ML) of its unused annual town water allocation for Quirindi to the Zone 1 irrigators pool for purchase.
“Council will adopt a fair and equitable distribution guideline for irrigator’s participation and a panel of Council and irrigator members will oversee the scheme’s distribution of available water,” he said.
“By making this allocation available it will provide irrigators with some certainty in planning their cropping options for next year, providing extra water into the Zone 1 system with the bonus of enabling irrigators to increase their productivity,” he continued.
“Council will review the scheme after the first year of operation to fine-tune the scheme if necessary and determine its ongoing application.
This decision furthers the aims of Council’s policies and community strategic plan that strategies, plans and decision making have a strong focus on financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.