It is not possible to make decisions favourable to the irrigation and forestry industries in N.S.W.
A mistake that many people in the irrigated agriculture and forestry industries make when dealing with politicians and bureaucrats is that they assume they are dealing with reasonable people similar to themselves. In fact, they are not dealing with reasonable people, they are dealing with political people.
Politicians generally make decisions based on what they think will get themselves re-elected or promoted in the political hierarchy. These decisions are not necessarily attached to facts, figures, honesty or truth.
Bureaucrats are effectively employed by politicians and make decisions based on their paymasters’ commands.
Ultimately, the resolution of problems with irrigated agriculture and forestry require positive political decisions. Yet three quarters of the population of N.S.W. lives in the environs of Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong, and they elect three quarters of state politicians. These people and politicians have no agricultural or forestry interests, and in the 2015 state election 11% actually voted for The Greens. The Greens of course are actively opposed to irrigation and forestry.
By reason of political numbers, it is not possible to make decisions favourable to the irrigation and forestry industries in N.S.W.
The people of The Riverina need to form a state separate from N.S.W. Only by forming a separate state can the domination of metropolitan politicians be escaped, and only then can decisions beneficial to irrigated agriculture and forestry, and by extension beneficial to all the people, be made.