21 Dec, 2010 04:00 AM
A GROUP of opposition politicians were in the region last Thursday to spout what they believe should be done in relation to proposed water cuts in the Murrumbidgee Valley.
Queensland Senator and opposition spokesperson for regional development, local government and water Barnaby Joyce, Liberal Senator for South Australia and opposition parliamentary secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin and environment Simon Birmingham and NSW Senator Fiona Nash were visiting the area as part of a "listening tour" to discuss cuts of up to 43 per cent proposed in the guide to the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Nationals Leader Warren Truss was also briefly part of the tour.
The group visited Barenbox Storage and Wetland, Roger and Tim Commins' Whitton property, Gogeldrie Weir and Coleambally.
Mr Joyce said the purpose of the visit was to understand the issues facing the area following the release of the guide.
"What we want to do is make sure we don't turn people's lives upside down," he said.
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