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Emergency water assistance readied for ‘tomato town’

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The Berejiklian government is preparing to truck water to a Northern Tablelands town facing the prospect of running out of water before a pipeline to a nearby reservoir is finished.

Guyra, home to the large Costa tomato farm, could run out of water by August without the intervention if rains don't return, Adam Marshall, the Nationals member for the region, said.

The Tomato Exchange at Guyra - rapidly declining water supplies are putting the town's horticulture industry at risk.

The Tomato Exchange at Guyra – rapidly declining water supplies are putting the town's horticulture industry at risk.Credit:Edwina Pickles

“I have formally requested the government make emergency water funding available
to Armidale Regional Council to allow for the transport of water from Malpas Dam to
Guyra, as an interim measure, until the pipeline [from the dam] is fully operational," he said.

Mr Marshall did not disclose how much the trucking is likely to cost. As many as 200 staff at the Costa greenhouses in Guyra were at risk of losing their jobs if water supplies dried up.

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The Herald reported on Monday that the region is of increasing concern because it largely missed out on the usual summer rains and also collected little from recent widespread falls.

“Council has confirmed construction of the pipeline is on track to be finished on time, however unless there is considerable rainfall between now and then there iRead More – Source