1 September 2016
In light on the Department of Water’s recent proposal to cut all water allocations on the Gnangara Mound by 25% in Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup over the next 7 years, Wanneroo MP, Paul Miles, is extremely concerned about the impact that this will have on our local fruit and vegetable growers.
“It is absolutely essential that we continue to grow our own food right here in Wanneroo, which is why we need to be looking after our local growers”, Mr Miles stated.
“Taking 25% of their water allocation away will severely impact our local growers’ ability to produce enough food to keep their businesses viable. Although I completely understand the science behind the Department’s proposal, this cannot be at to the detriment of our local growers.
Mr Miles is currently in talks with the Ministers for Water, Agriculture and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), the CEO of the WA Vegetable Association, Mr John Shannon and the Carabooda / Nowergup / Neerabup Landowner Group with an aim at using treated wastewater from the Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant to water the farms.
“The State Government could simply pump this recycled water back to the growers in Neerabup, Nowergup and Carabooda, rather than relying purely on the Gnangara Mound,” Mr Miles said.
“This solution would keep farming costs down whilst at the same time easing the pressure on the Gnangara Mound, which is highly essential”.
“If we continue to push our growers further north to suburbs like GinGin they will simply be unable to operate in an economically viable state as transport and labour costs simply become too high.
“Subsequently it would be highly likely that we would have to start importing more fruit and vegetables from overseas, and I am certain that no Western Australian wants that.
“Growing close to the City in areas like Neerabup, Carabooda and Nowergup simply makes sense and as a responsible Government we must do all that we can to ensure that our food-bowl and the attached jobs stays in Wanneroo”, Mr Miles finished with.