SDLs good for southern basin
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 www.mdba.gov.au
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 . . .