Irrigators encouraged to take part in survey

NSW Water Commissioner David Harriss, this week encouraged all irrigators across NSW to contribute to future water planning by participating in the 2013 Irrigators Survey.

"This year's survey is open to all irrigators in NSW, giving them an opportunity to contribute to water management planning," Mr Harriss said.

"Water users will be asked about their operations, enterprise, water-use efficiency, water trading, employment and other economic and social indicators, to help the government identify what changes have occurred since the last survey in 2009-10."

"The responses to the survey will be used to evaluate water-sharing plans into the future.

"They are a vital component in ensuring we get the balance right."

The survey is conducted as a voluntary 20-minute phone interview.

All responses will remain anonymous and information will be treated confidentially.

The NSW Irrigators Council, the peak group for irrigators across the state, supports the initiative, with the council's CEO, Andrew Gregson, saying it was useful information for decision-makers to have.

"It's an important study and we will be encouraging irrigators to participate," Mr Gregson said.

About 25,000 irrigators eligible to participate in the survey have been contacted in writing and asked to register their willingness to take part.

Mr Harriss said that irrigators wishing to participate in the survey can access the NSW Office of Water's website and lodge an expression of interest by April 12.

Topics:  irrigation irrigators

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