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Small business welcomes new changes to water restrictions

30 June, 2009

NSW's largest business organisation, NSW Business Chamber has welcomed the changes in water restrictions announced today by the NSW Government.

"The announcement reflects the improved outlook of our water storage levels over the past two years," said Kevin MacDonald, CEO of NSW Business Chamber.

"The water position of Sydney has improved due to cultural changes in the behaviour of citizens and businesses, increased rainfall and through the development of recycling and water infrastructure improvements.  This is good news for everyone.

"Like the wider community, business has learnt the importance of conserving this important natural resource.  Besides the environmental benefits, businesses have recognised the benefits to their bottom line of developing practices that conserve water.

"However, for water dependent businesses such as landscapers and nurseries, contractors and market gardeners, the restrictions have added a level of red tape and compliance costs in having to apply for exemptions from the restrictions.

"This announcement will be welcome by these water dependent businesses.  These businesses are by their nature water efficient, and I do not believe this announcement will result in any increase in their water usage, rather it will remove a layer of compliance and make it easier for them to operate."

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