While Chris Wilhelm, Inkerman Station, via Broken Hill, said his property was secure on bore water, he acknowledged that was not the solution for everyone.PASTORALISTS’ Association of West Darling president Chris Wilhelm, Inkerman Station, Broken Hill said his biggest concern were members who drew water off the Menindee Pipeline for stock and domestic water.
“When the situation gets to critical water shortage stage, they may be either restricted to the amount of water they can use or the cost will become very prohibitive,” he said.
While his property was secure on bore water, Chris said that was not the solution for everyone.
“Particularly along the Menindee Pipeline, in some areas the bore water is laced with arsenic, so it’s not an option,” he said.
“There is also uncertainty around how much bore water can be drawn, so if it’s only enough for Broken Hill, then those Menindee Pipeline graziers will be in a bit of strife.”
Chris said the recent rainfall also did not benefit all.
“North of the Barrier Highway was up to 100 millimetres-plus, which has been good for feed and the season for those guys,” he said.
“But south and west of Broken Hill wasn’t so lucky; there wasn’t a lot of surface water and it’s getting very dry. Some south of the Menindee Road have only had about 35mm for the year.
“Thankfully most had already sold off their excess stock, so it will be a matter of seeing what the next few weeks bring and whether there will be even more sold. “One blessing is that if people needed agistment, there are opportunities north of Broken Hill where the heavier rain fell.”
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