Tourism and public health concerns underpin water campaign

As the water debate heats up ahead of the election, traditional advocacy groups have united with the tourism industry and public health researchers to warn of reputational damage to our tourism and agriculture industries, and health risks for rural children.

The Choose Clean Water campaign yesterday released its own seven step "freshwater rescue plan" in response to the Government's national policy statement on water.

The steps include withdrawing all public subsidies of irrigation schemes and redirecting that money into a transition fund to support a move away from intensive dairying to more sustainable and diverse agriculture. Other steps include strict and enforceable water standards and a "polluter pays" system.

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