The current zero water allocation in the Southern Riverina irrigation area is already taking its toll on local business. Owners of local business Tasker’s Deniliquin, Meredith and Jamie Tasker, give us an insight of the impact that the zero water allocation has meant to them so far:

“I wish to inform you of an immediate impact that the zero water allocation had on our business last week.

“Tasker’s placed a job vacancy on Seek on 14/07/15 for a Spare Parts Manager.

“We received over 20 applications for the position, and had short-listed candidates. Following zero water allocations during the application period, we were hopeful that by the time we were calling short-listed applicants in for interview, the water allocations would look far better. This was not the case last week, when the allocation came in again at zero.

“This left us now choice but to advise all applicants that due to zero allocations and hence the significantly reduced seasonal outlook (farmers won’t potentially be planting and harvesting crops) that we were no longer in a position to make the appointment.

“So this is ONE REAL JOB LOST – this is not imaginary or made – up and has most likely resulted in a new family not coming to town – our top few candidates were all interstate and would have moved, along with their families. The roll-on effect to other businesses in the town is also evident – rental, school, retail impacts.”

We would like to thank Tasker’s for their continued support of local farmer’s and efforts of raising awareness of the importance of farmers to rural communities, and the importance of water to farmers. Below is a picture of Tasker’s shop front covered in messages of support for our farmers, and a copy of an article published in the Pastoral Times on March 20, 2015.

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