Water price hike spurs call to help SA farmers

February 01, 2018

Australian Conservatives MP Robert Brokenshire is backing a call to help South Australian farmers improve water infrastructure and increase efficiency.

The Murray Valley Standard reports a price hike of more than 300 per cent over the past 10 years has led to the Coorong Water Security Action Group asking state and national political leaders to put an end to the most expensive water in the nation.

The group has handed down a policy paper proposing $1 million in grants to be invested in farm water infrastructure and is also calling for no interest loans of up to $150,000 for livestock production businesses which would be paid back over a ten-year period.

It says the investments would generate an extra $50 million a year and increase export capabilities of the region. 

“High livestock prices are masking the true impact of high water prices. Improvements in the cost of mains water would provide a huge economic stimulus to our state,” Mr Brokenshire said.

PHOTO:Adam Merry, Robert Brokenshire MLC, Jason Schulz and John Tilley on a property near the SA town of Meningie

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