Sus­tain­able Di­ver­sion Limit in­for­ma­tion ses­sion

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity staff will be in Fin­ley on Mon­day as part of a se­ries of south­ern basin in­for­ma­tion ses­sions.

The ses­sions aim to pro­vide an up­date on the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan. They will fo­cus on the Sus­tain­able Di­ver­sion Limit Ad­just­ment Mech­a­nism, which is a key step in im­ple­ment­ing the Basin Plan.

Fin­ley’s meet­ing will be held from 3.30pm to 6pm at the Fin­ley Golf Club in Tongs St. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for this ses­sion.

MDBA chief ex­ec­u­tive Phillip Glyde said the meet­ings aimed to im­prove pub­lic aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of the Sus­tain­able Di­ver­sion Limit Ad­just­ment Mech­a­nism.

‘‘The Basin Plan sets sus­tain­able di­ver­sion lim­its, which is how much wa­ter can be used in the Mur­ray–Dar­ling Basin, while leav­ing enough wa­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Mr Glyde said.

‘‘To pro­vide flex­i­bil­ity, the Basin Plan in­cludes a mech­a­nism to ad­just sus­tain­able di­ver­sion lim­its; if en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes can be reached with less wa­ter, more wa­ter can re­main in the sys­tem for other users, in­clud­ing ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture.

‘‘Basin gov­ern­ments want to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties ap­pre­ci­ate how the ad­just­ment mech­a­nism will af­fect them and why it’s so im­por­tant in the de­liv­ery of the Basin Plan.

‘‘The MDBA is as­sess­ing a num­ber of pro­posed state projects which aim to make the use of wa­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment more ef­fi­cient.

‘‘These projects were iden­ti­fied and agreed in June 2017 — the next step is to de­ter­mine how much wa­ter can be saved.

‘‘The preliminary as­sess­ment in­di­cates there will be no need for any fur­ther wa­ter re­cov­ery in the south­ern con­nected Basin.’’

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from state and Com­mon­wealth gov­ern­ment agen­cies will also be at the meet­ings to ex­plain their roles and the projects in more de­tail.

Com­mu­ni­ties will be up­dated on how they can con­trib­ute to the next steps through a pub­lic com­ment process in Oc­to­ber.

To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, email en­gage­ment@mdba.gov.au or call 1800 230 067. More in­for­ma­tion on the ad­just­ment mech­a­nism is also avail­able at www.mdba.gov.au.

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