As the newly appointed water Minister for NSW, Oxley MP Melinda Pavey says her goals are ensuring drought affected communities get a fair go.
Ms Pavey said her immediate focus was getting up to speed on the water issues. Since being sworn in earlier this month she has travelled to western NSW communities to see the impacts and concerns these communities are facing.
"As a farmer's daughter, I am familiar with farming and drought issues having experienced it on the land first-hand," she said.
"I've already met with the locals in Broken Hill, Menindee, Lower Darling, Narrabri, Moree, Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett, and have many more areas to visit.
"There's no denying communities are doing it tough, and my concern is ensuring they get a fair-go."
Ms Pavey said she is looking forward to working closely with the newly appointed Agriculture and Western Minister Adam Marshall to ensure their approach to agriculture and water are complimentary and effectively address the challenges currently faced by farmers' right across NSW.
"My colleague Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall has made it clear his priorities are helping our farmers deal with the current drought, and ensuring their right to farm," she said.
"Minister Marshall will lead the NSW Government in a review of the current drought assistance measures, to ensure the right help is getting to the people who need it, when they need it.
"He has also thrown his support behind farmers in asserting their right to conduct their business with confidence and security, particularly in light of recent illegal farm trespass incidents."
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She said the NSW Government is closely monitoring the drought situation and its impact on towns and communities throughout regional NSW.
"Drought conditions continue across much of NSW with areas in the north-west having experienced 18 months or more of extremely dry conditions," Ms Pavey said.
"Some of NSW's smallest communities are now reliant on the carting of the water.
"The carting of water is not always a practical option, especially for larger towns and communities, that is one reason that towns may have alternate supplies such as groundwater bores."
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Ms Pavey also mentioned the appointment of James McTavish as the Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator by the by the NSW Government earlier this year.
"James' focus is to ensure that NSW communities affected by drought are able to access safe and acceptable water," she said.
"The NSW Government provides dedicated financial and technical assistance to support the delivery of town water services when a town or village supply is threatened by an extreme event such as drought.
"Financial assistance is available to manage depleted water supplies, implement emergency capital works and undertake carting water where necessary.
"Since December 2017 we have committed more than $7 million to drought emergency works and water carting."