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Footing the bill: A letter to GMW | Letters to the editor

By Riverine Herald

I AM 75 YEARS old and have been a proud food producer for the best part of half a century.

This is the first time in my career, that I have not been in a position to pay my Goulburn Murray Water bills in full and on time.

I believe through no fault of my own and not due to drought but caused by the continued implementation of the ludicrous Murray Darling Basin Plan.

We, the farmers in the Torrumbarry irrigation area, are feeling the brunt of water tradings consequences, a key parameter of the Water Act 2007.

Thus I have decided to prioritise how my bills are paid. Local businesses will come first, placing you low on the list.

In the past when people failed to pay me for service or produce, it came to my attention rather rapidly.

I am hoping it comes to your attention but will probably be lost in your ever growing pile of bad debtors.

GMW's inaction to protect its customer base and inability to denounce the MDBP implementation, along with inflexible tariffs based on historical use, not current use will, inevitably, bankrupt irrigators and your own authority due to both requiring coexistence.

Russell Crichton, Cohuna