The New South Wales Irrigators Council is calling on the state government to extend a moratorium on CSG activity in Sydney’s drinking water catchments to a state-wide ban.
The temporary ban covers so-called ‘Special Areas’ of Sydney’s drinking water catchments around Wollongong and the Blue Mountains National Park.
The moratorium has been mostly welcomed by the New South Wales Irrigators Council, however CEO Andrew Gregson says it must be extended state-wide.
“If water catchments are important enough in Sydney for a moratorium, then clearly it’s important statewide.”
Mr Gregson says he understands NSW Nationals will be approaching Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher on the matter immediately.
“Minister Hartcher needs to listen closely to his Coalition colleagues. They’ll tell him that the location of a water resource is irrelevant. They’ll tell him that the water supply in rural and regional NSW is equally as important as it is in Sydney. They’ll remind him that it is the job of the Government to represent the entire state”.
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