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One in five want out

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

The barren landscape that residents at Sunset Strip now have to look upon instead of the glistening waters that used to lap near their houses. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt The barren landscape that residents at Sunset Strip now have to look upon instead of the glistening waters that used to lap near their houses. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Myles Burt

One in five Sunset Strip residents are trying to sell up, according to the progress association’s president.

Peter Cox said membership of the association had dropped over the last few years, but they still had about 50 on the books.

He said 20 per cent of residents were now trying to sell off their homes, though some had managed to gain a few new neighbours. 

“We have got some new people,” said Mr Cox.

“But obviously they’re not buying it for the water.

“But yeah, there’s a lot of houses up here for sale.”

Mr Cox said a lot of residents had given up on trying to sell their houses because of the land value, which has dropped just as significantly as the water levels in the Menindee Lakes.

Regional Water Minister Niall Blair last week vowed to fight for the Menindee Lakes, but Mr Cox was dubious as to whether the minister would uphold his commitment.

Mr Cox said that change would come for the residents of Sunset Strip, and he was certain it was not positive.

“They’ll be less water,” he said.

“There’s still a fair bit of concern about what’s going to happen with the Lakes that’s for sure.”

Sunset Strip is still looking to march on after Mary-Anne Slattery and the Australia Institute visited Menindee last weekend to speak about water issues. She floated the idea of a class action lawsuit for the residents, after the Government compensated Webster Limited for their losses whilst buying back water licences at Lake Tandou.

However, residents will plan to keep up the campaign for the Lakes no matter what.

“People are pretty fed up about it, they’re pretty emotional,” Mr Cox said.

“People are starting to think we’re never going to beat them.

“But we’ll keep up the fight, no worries about that.

“We’ll keep fighting.”

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