The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has welcomed Parliament’s support for changes to the Murray–Darling Basin Plan that will improve how water for the environment is used, and keep more water in communities.
MDBA Chief Executive, Phillip Glyde, said the vote by the Senate allowing an amendment to the Basin Plan to stand was an important step in implementing the Basin Plan in full and on time.
“This is good news for Basin communities and the environment,” Mr Glyde said.
“These changes will help protect communities in the southern Basin from unnecessary further socio-economic impacts of water recovery, while also securing important improvements to allow water for the environment to be used more efficiently and effectively.
“In the southern Basin, work will now be able to progress on design, consultation and implementation of important projects to help us get water for the environment to the right place, at the right time, and in the right amount.
“These improvements will reduce the amount of water recovery needed to achieve the environmental benefits mandated in the Basin Plan—meaning that across the Basin, 675 GL more water will remain in communities.
“The amendment also secures further investment in irrigation efficiency improvements for communities, which will deliver 450 GL in water to the environment with positive or neutral socio-economic impacts for communities.”
Political common sense – Murray Irrigation
Australia’s largest private environmental and irrigation water delivery company says a return to political common sense has pulled the Murray-Darling Basin Plan back from the brink of total failure and abandonment.
Deniliquin-based Murray Irrigation CEO Michael Renehan congratulated the Government and the Federal Opposition on reaching an agreement to return a bipartisan position on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
“Their agreement to put the plan before politics means that the Basin Plan Authority and river communities have certainty,” Mr Renehan said.
“We can now resume our collaboration with the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and Water NSW in operating an efficient system.”
Murray Irrigation services almost 3,000km of earthen, gravity-fed channels and uses 70 outlets to deliver water to critical environmental sites.