SDLs good for south­ern basin

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re­gional fund­ing to en­sure that any ef­fects on farm­ers and com­mu­ni­ties are mit­i­gated.

Fund­ing will pro­vide for im­proved pri­vate flood­plain in­fra­struc­ture (such as cross­ings and im­proved pump set-ups) and up­grades to age­ing pub­lic flood in­fra­struc­ture (such as lev­ees, roads and cross­ings).

Any changes to flow rates over the long term must first re­quire ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with all po­ten­tially af­fected land­hold­ers, in­dus­tries and com­mu­ni­ties.

The Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity is cur­rently de­ter­min­ing a fi­nal off­set fig­ure for the SDL projects.

Once we have the fig­ure, we’ll un­der­take more anal­y­sis be­fore propos­ing amend­ments to the fed­eral wa­ter min­is­ter for adop­tion by De­cem­ber 15.

We are also work­ing with basin gov­ern­ments to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties un­der­stand the on­go­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SDL Ad­just­ment Mech­a­nism projects and how they can con­trib­ute.

Com­mu­nity in­put is crit­i­cal be­tween now and when the projects are com­pleted in 2024. The draft deter­mi­na­tion will be avail­able for com­ment from Oc­to­ber 2 to Novem­ber 3.

The MDBA, along with state gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, will be trav­el­ling in the basin in the com­ing weeks to dis­cuss SDL projects and how the mech­a­nism works.

We were re­cently in Shep­par­ton and Wodonga.

De­tails for the next pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are avail­able on our web­site at

I hope to see you there. — Phillip Glyde chief ex­ec­u­tive Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity

MDBA chief ex­ec­u­tive Phillip Glyde says the Sus­tain­able Di­ver­sion Limit Ad­just­ment Mech­a­nism is go­ing to achieve re­sults. Mr Glyde is pic­tured at a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Shep­par­ton last week.

Mak­ing progress . . .

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