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Southern Forest Irrigation Scheme

Tuesday 8th October / presented by Tom Reynolds

The Manjimup-Pemberton region is facing a struggle over water distribution rights, as the state and federal governments are supporting the Southern Forest Irrigation Scheme, a $70 million dollar scheme that would dam parts of the Donnelly River system and pump the water to farmers up to 40 kilometers away.

While supporters are suggesting it would boost the region's value of farming and increase employment in the area, environmentalists are worried for the threat it poses to the surrounding forest and local farmers are worried they will be priced out from future water licences.

Manjimup farmer John Kilrain joined RTRFM to discuss the scheme and his worries about it.

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