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Caica hears Walker Flat drought struggle

Wednesday July 25, 2012 - 13:41 EST

South Australian Water Minister Paul Caica visited Walker Flat yesterday to speak to the local community about the continued impact of the drought.

The town is still dealing with the threat of riverbank collapse, which has forced the closure of its waste transfer station for houseboats for two years.

Mr Caica says the local economy is still struggling.

"The impacts of the drought are still being felt here and in turn, that is exactly the reason why we need to fight for the Murray to ensure that we do have a Murray-Darling Basin Plan that restores the system to an appropriate level of sustainable health, so we don't have to go through a situation in the future where we are on the verge of ecological collapse," he said.

He says it is important to engage with the local communities to strengthen the state's position on the basin plan.

"Part and parcel is ensuring that through this visit that they continue to be at the centre of the activity that the State Government will operate under to make sure that we get a plan and that's what we're doing, so it's been very positive," he said.


© ABC 2012

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