The Maitland Mercury

Out of water in three years: New plan sets out Hunter drought response

Michael Parris
Updated December 3 2023 - 8:09am, first published November 30 2023 - 5:48pm
A farmer mustering cattle on a drought-affected property in the Upper Hunter in October. Picture by Peter Lorimer
A farmer mustering cattle on a drought-affected property in the Upper Hunter in October. Picture by Peter Lorimer

The Hunter could run out of water in three years of extreme dry weather under a worst-case scenario outlined in a new drought response plan.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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