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Petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, All Australian members of the Senate, Australian State Premiers and Members of Parliament

Proposal for Permanent Infrastructure implementation for drought relief water supplies

To all of the Honorable Members of the Australian Senate Regarding our proposed Drought Relief Scheme. My name is Kevin Bartolo from Narrawallee, near Milton Ulladulla on the South Coast of NSW. We are and have been a rural farming area since the towns were founded. Along with our neighboring south coast farming districts and those of the rest of Australia, we have signed the attached petition, which was taken online (https://www.change.org/p/to-theaustralian state-federal-governments-senate-proposal-for-infrastructure-implementation-forpermanent- drought-relief-water-supplies). We are wanting action taken to protect our farmers long term. It has gone beyond the time for drought relief and that of band-aid solutions of low interest loans and short term cash relief, but time for future preventative measures to be put into action. Farming is the backbone of any nation, without it, everyone is affected. It should never get to the state at which it is now. Farmers should not be put through the stress they are under, financially and mentally. Billions in financial relief has been given to those affected by drought, since 1971 and changing scope in 1989, 1992, 1997, (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farmfood/ drought/drought-policy/history) The Drought Policy and Programs were to: encourage primary producers and other sections of rural Australia to adopt self-reliant approaches to managing for climate variability and facilitate the maintenance and protection of Australia’s agricultural and environmental resources base during periods of climatic stress facilitate the early recovery of agricultural and rural industries, consistent with long-term sustainable levels. Unfortunately these measures have not worked, as all have seen time and time again and really were just a push back onto those suffering from drought to find a solution. The problem isn't theirs to burden, it is Australia's burden. Going forward we need to see new infrastructure built to assist farmers during drought times. We propose that all state governments and our federal government, work together to bring this into place. The following is suggested, but in no means is being stated as the solution. The solution will need multiple types of infrastructure working together for one solution. Proposed: only to be used in times of drought only. 1 . Pipelines to be run from our major dams, and or new dams, that will allow direct supply to farms, or, access to filling stations which would be used by farmers using a community owned water truck which they have access to use and would be driven by themselves. 2 . We have a desalination plant that has plenty of capacity to provide extra water to supply these drought relief water supplies when needed. 3 . New infrastructure built to reuse our sewage and runoff water to feed the new dams for drought use. Water for cattle drinking and watering feed crop and human food crops. Infrastructure to move flood waters in waterways and areas of regular flooding into the drought water storage systems. 4 . In return, farmers will allocate acres of their land which they will indefinitely loan for solar, hydro and wind power production technology to be installed, by the Drought Relief Scheme, to feed power to any of the infrastructure, to have it running at cost neutral. As well as additional power to feed back into the grid as green energy which will see the drought relief scheme being paid for by any such power, which will go to pay for the infrastructure and ongoing maintenance and expansion costs. 5. This is a extremely large infrastructure project that will need many workers of different skill trades. We also propose that this is a perfect time for the government of Australia to make use of this opportunity, to wind back the use of Greenhouse producing electricity power stations and use the labor force that comes out of this closure, to be used and retrained if required, in the construction and maintenance of that outlined in (see.4). The cost to farmers will be nil for construction of this infrastructure and for usage of the water(only during drought with usage monitored). All costs to be covered by the production of electricity and its resale (see.4). The state and federal governments need to pay for the infrastructure up front (and payed back, see .4). The up front cost for the infrastructure could be payed by all Australians by a small increase in tax, say a once off, 1% drought relief tax, as a loan only, which will be payed back via tax break, claimed on a future tax return as a tax deduction or as shares of a public owned company with options to buy more shares. Australians will save more than the 1% increase with cheaper cost to the consumer of farming produce during drought times, as there won't be major price fluctuations due to affects of drought as farmers yields will be higher than that of times before the Drought Relief Scheme that has been proposed. It is a win win solution for farmers, and all Australians. As mentioned, in no way are we proposing this as the total solution. But the suggested measures, if looked at, will prevent future costs on farmers and the Australian community from drought and saving lives. Australia will always be in drought and need Governments to work together to instigate solutions, as we have suggested above, now, not later. We can show the world what can be done when you look at a problem from outside the box. Please do right for Australia. We look forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully, Kevin Bartolo  

Kevin BARTOLO
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