Irrigators Council says, fix don’t ditch, on Basin Plan

The National Irrigators Council (NIC) says that while it understands the hardship driving the anger of irrigators protesting in Canberra this week, its members feel that the problems would be made worse by ditching, rather than fixing, the Basin Plan. NIC represents...

Irrigators welcome release of additional water for agriculture

The National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) today welcomed the Federal Government’s step up in drought support measures with the once-off provision of 100 gigalitres (GL) of water in the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin.NIC Chairman, Gavin McMahon said “The...

2017-18 stats show irrigation doing its job, securing food and fibre

Irrigation infrastructure is designed to help Australia keep growing food and fibre in a variable climate and, Australian Bureau of Statistics (gross value of irrigated production) figures for 2017-18 show, that is exactly the job it was doing . ABS figures for...

NIC welcomes water market inquiry

The National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) has welcomed the announcement of the terms of reference for an ACCC inquiry into the water market.CEO Steve Whan said “NIC has been highlighting concerns and advocating an inquiry into the water market for some time.  We are...

Butler and Butler congratulated as shadows by NIC

The National Irrigators Council (NIC) says it looks forward to working with a new Shadow Minister for Water as Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese announces his Shadow Ministry.CEO Steve Whan said “after a very long engagement with the Murray Darling Basin Plan, former...

Scathing report shows need for water market registry reform

An MDBA and Deloitte report on water trade price reporting in the Murray Darling confirms concerns that the National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) has been expressing for some time about lack of transparency, confusion and inconsistency in State water trading registers....