Request for a short term exemption of farmers from the water restrictions of stage 4 (no outdoor watering)
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The SCRD identified local food security as an essential part of the Sunshine Coast wide Sustainability and Agricultural Area Plan. One of the mission statements of the AAP is to strengthen farming and 'increase amount of and access to locally grown and produced food' as well as to 'secure sustainable water supply for agriculture'.
We feel that farming and that food security must have precendent over other non-essential water usages. Without a continued supplied access to water and without the ability to continue to use water in a wise and prudent manner these goals of food security and sustainability will not only not be able to be achieved but will suffer a very serious possibly fatal setback.
We, the undersigned, are therefore urgently making the following request:
If and when we go to stage 4 watering restrictions this summer we would like to see a short term only (this summer) exemption where those with farm status may continue using water in a wise and prudent manner for food production.
We are also requesting that backyard gardeners without farm status that are relying on their produce for sustainance may continue using water in a wise and prudent manner for food production only.
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