The government’s plans for water storeage, which were outlined by John Key in his Statement to Parliament have gained the approval of Federated Farmers.
“New Zealand can pass Australia because we have the water and they don’t,” says Don Nicolson, President of Federated Farmers.
“While there’s no numbers in the Prime Minister’s speech, Federated Farmers’ intense lobbying on water storage has water firmly on the National Infrastructure Unit’s work programme.
“Water is to our economy what minerals are to Australia’s. Harnessing water to grow grass and crops that would otherwise run out to sea is economically transformational. . .”
It doesn’t have to be irrigation for increased agricultural production or minerals.
If a little of what’s under conservation land with little environmental value can be mined, it could be both.