Greens MLC Diane Evers has questioned the motivations of fellow South West Region MP Colin Tincknell, after the Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party representative expressed opposition to the long-running issue of the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme (SFIS) last week.
Ms Evers, The Greens (WA) spokesperson for regional development and water, has represented the West Manjimup community’s concerns about the SFIS in WA Parliament since the first year of her term, including several critical member’s statements to communicate her extensive community consultation on the issue.
Ms Evers said that while she welcomed common sense criticism of the scheme, she also wondered why it had taken four years for Mr Tincknell to speak out on such a divisive issue in his electorate, anticipating that the proximity to the March 13 WA State Election may be a factor.
QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DIANE EVERS MLC:
“It is clear to all those who look at the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme that it is an inequitable water trading scheme, 85 per cent funded by taxpayers, but locking out 85 per cent of farming businesses.
“While I welcome growing calls for the WA Labor Government to see sense when it comes to the SFIS, I ask the Hon. Colin Tincknell MLC – where were you three years ago?
“Mr Tincknell’s statement opposing the SFIS strikes me as cynical electioneering just weeks from a state election, when the community has been calling for fair consultation and representation for many years.
“It is a shame that the West Manjimup community haven’t received stronger leadership on this issue from other members of parliament during this term.
“It is bad enough that the proponents have dragged their heels on the project timeline to delay an Environmental Public Review until after the 2021 State Election and that the modelling for projected water availability has been torn to pieces by a respected hydrologist and former director general of the Department of Water, Kim Taylor.
“The WA Labor Government has been clear in its intentions to sweep this issue under the table, but the community chorus has only swelled and the time has come for the Government to show leadership and stop the SFIS.
“Western Australia is dealing with water rights based on an Act from 1914 and a reliance on rainfall data going back to 1975 – with good forest and the world’s tallest karri tree at risk from environmental impact, the SFIS must be stopped.
“We must not damn the Donnelly.”
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