Reg­is­ter of MDBA mea­sures

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The Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity has im­proved pub­lic ac­cess to the mea­sures that pro­tect wa­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lish­ing a list of cur­rent leg­is­la­tion and plans in one cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

A key rec­om­men­da­tion of the 2017 Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Wa­ter Com­pli­ance Re­view, MDBA’s head of com­pli­ance Brent Wil­liams said the reg­is­ter doc­u­mented the ar­range­ments con­cern­ing pro­tect­ing wa­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment in all basin states and the ACT.

‘‘(This) means it will be eas­ier for all wa­ter users to find and un­der­stand the mea­sures to pro­tect en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter,’’ Mr Wil­liams said.

‘‘Our job at the MDBA is to be the in­de­pen­dent um­pire, and it is clear the com­mu­nity wants re­as­sur­ance that rules are be­ing fol­lowed and bad be­hav­iour is be­ing rooted out.’’

The pub­li­ca­tion is the lat­est in a se­ries of up­dated com­pli­ance ac­tions un­der­taken as a re­sult of the re­view in the past year by the MDBA.

Mr Wil­liams said all basin gov­ern­ments were se­ri­ous about com­pli­ance and strength­en­ing pub­lic con­fi­dence that the rules were be­ing fol­lowed.

‘‘Gov­ern­ments are com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing wa­ter en­ti­tle­ments and rights for ir­ri­ga­tors, the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­ni­ties across the whole basin,’’ he said.

The reg­is­ter will be up­dated as new mea­sures are in­tro­duced to pro­tect en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the wa­ter reg­is­ter, visit: mdba.gov.au

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